Pendulum Vectors

physics simulation

Instructions: Start and Stop the animation using the button.
Explanation: The acceleration of a pendulum is of course a maximum at the two extremes, when the velocity is zero - that's the hallmark of simple harmonic motion. At the bottom of the travel, the velocity is a maximum, however, the pendulum bob is still moving in a curved way, so there must be an acceleration towards the center of the circle. This sim shows the two vectors and the continuous dance back and forth during the oscillations.

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pendulum simulation

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