Physics, Maths and Science

The Pendulum Project

Synopsis: The pendulum project was one that I undertook in university to create an inertial double pendulum simulator. The goal was to understand chaos, and to understand how chaos adapts and evolves in a controlled environment. On this page, we talk about point mass pendulum (where the center of gravity is located at the very end of the arm. The report associated with this assignment was based on an inertial double pendulum, where the center of mass is distributed along the entire arm. I have changed it up here for two reasons. Firstly, to make it unique to the assignment, so if some future student goes to copy my work, they will at least have to change some of the maths to get it to work, and secondly, it is far easier to do the maths on a point mass pendulum then it is to to do on an inertial pendulum.