EFFECT OF MASS ON TIME PERIOD OF SIMPLE PENDULUM

  • ·     The bob of a simple pendulum is made of wood. What will be the effect on the time period if the wooden bob is replaced by an identical bob of aluminum?

Answer: 
      The time period of a simple pendulum does not change, if the wooden bob is replaced by an identical bob of aluminum why because the time period of a simple pendulum is independent of the material of the bob.


  • The bob of a simple pendulum is a hollow sphere filled with water. How will the period of oscillation change, if the water begins to drain out of the hollow sphere?
Answer
           When water begins to drain out of the sphere, the center of mass of the system will first move down and then will come up to the initial position. Due to this the equivalent length of the pendulum increases hence time period first increases, reaches a maximum value and then decreases till it becomes equal to its initial value.

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