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The Pendulum Experiment: Be a citizen scientist [20120124|17:47]
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Physics needs your help. Yes, yours, my friends!

A very nice chap called Jony here at Imperial College is doing a simple yet elegant statistical experiment. He would appreciate it if you would visit the web page linked below and watch the lovely blue pendulum. All you have to do is click the Start/Stop button to time a single swing of the pendulum, and you will have helped. At the default swing time setting, this takes all of four seconds. Only four seconds, that's it. And you will have performed SCIENCE. If you have more than four seconds to spare and you enjoy tinkering with your SCIENCE, you can fiddle with the controls under the timer to make the pendulum go faster or slower and higher or lower.

Please do your part to enable physics today!

The Pendulum Experiment

If you enjoy your Pendulum Experience, please feel free to pass it along via the medium of DW or LJ or Twitter or Facecakes or G+ or Tumblr, etc. Jony needs lots and lots of data for best experimental results.

With apologies to friends who have already been asked to participate via the medium of [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth and/or the many other places I've posted this link today.

From: pbristow
2012-01-24 21:02 (UTC)
Well, I dunnit.

I'm baffled as to what bit of "unexamined" physics folklore they're referring to, though.

(Why didn't my physics BSc course have a folklore module? I'VE BEEN ROBBED!)

Edited at 2012-01-24 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From: pbristow
2012-01-24 21:04 (UTC)
P.S. I'm pretty sure *real* pendulums don't start to move jerkily everytime the universe has some internal housekeeping to do...

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-27 20:38 (UTC)
Thank you for doinit! :D Jony reports that 25000+ pendulum swings were recorded on Tuesday, so there is already a very large dataset with which to baffle some undergraduates. Hopefully they'll discover correlations.
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