The magnetic pendulum is a pendulum whose magnetic tip is influenced by a magnetic field produced by a disc magnet. We vary the distance between the tip of the pendulum and the magnet, as well as the driving frequency of the pendulum's support. This results in a highly nonlinear dynamical evolution of the pendulum.
Using Physlogger, our homegrown data acquisition box, we can control the entire system and measure the angular displacements as well as the angular frequencies. This generated data can be displayed in a variety of ways (time series, phase portraits etc.) each revealing a particular aspect of the nonlinear system. We can also see period doublings, bifurcations and chaos through the phase portraits. There is also some computational effort that is required to understand this experiment.
|Software Code||MATLAB codePhysMag 2.0|
|Sample Results||Time series and phase portrait showing the affect of varying distance between magnetsA typical solution manual (Naviara and Mohsin, Lab 2, Fall 2019)|
|Version||November 29, 2019 - Version 2019-1|
Further Readings and References
- Chasing Chaos with an RL-Diode Circuit , Junaid Alam, M. Sabieh Anwar
- Tools for detecting chaos Enstits Dergisi 9. Cilt , A. B. Ozer, E. Akin, SA Fen Bilimleri , 1 , (2005).
- A unit of oscillations, determinism and chaos for introductory physics students American Journal of Physics , Priscilla W. Laws , 72(4) , (April, 2003).
- Nonlinear dynamics of a sinusoidally driven pendulum in a repulsive magnetic field American Journal of Physics , A. Siahmakoun, V. A. French, J. Patterson , 65(5) , (May, 1997).
- Experiments with a magnetically controlled pendulum European Journal of Physics , Yaakov Kraftmakher , 28 1007 , (2007).
- Applied Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists McGraw-Hill Kogakusha Ltd , Loius A. Pipes, Lawrence R. Harvill 598 , (1970).