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The pendulum on a cuckoo clock is 5.00 cm long. (a) Determine the period of this pendulum. (b) What is its frequency?

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    L = 5 cm = .05 m
    similar to k-m problem but here deflection angle = z sin (2 pi f t)
    angular speed = (2 pi f)z cos (2 pi f t)
    angle z from vertical
    h above bottom = .05 (1-cos z)
    cos z = 1 - z^2/2 + z^3/3! etc
    for small angle z, cos z = 1 - z^2/2
    so
    h = .05(z^2/2)
    potential energy at top of swing = m g h
    = (m g/2) (.05 z^2)
    kinetic energy at bottom = (1/2)m v^2 = (1/2)m (2 pi f .05 z)^2
    so
    g = (2 p f)^2 (.05)

    2 pi f = sqrt (9.81/.05)
    f = 2.23 Hz part b ans
    T = 1/f = .449 second part a answer

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