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# What would happen to a swinging pendulum if there was no friction?

## What would happen to a swinging pendulum if there was no friction?

Potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, which is the energy exerted by a moving object. No pendulum can swing forever because the system loses energy on account of friction.

## Why does the pendulum stop after a while?

The reason a clock pendulum often stops swinging, after being moved, is because the clock case now leans at a slightly different angle then it did at its former location. A clock is “in beat” when the tick and the tock are evenly spaced.

How does force affect a pendulum?

Either way the principle of periodic motion affects the pendulum. The force of gravity pulls the weight, or bob, down as it swings. The pendulum acts like a falling body, moving toward the center of motion at a steady rate and then returning.

### What force brings a swinging pendulum to a stop?

force of gravity
Kinetic Energy When a pendulum bob is pulled back and released from rest, the force of gravity does positive work on the bob as it swings down. After the bob goes through the low point it swings back up, and during that upswing, the force of gravity does negative work, bringing it to rest at the top of the swing.

### Why does a pendulum stop swinging?

A pendulum stops oscillating because it loses energy when it is converted into heat. Even without air friction, the friction which exists with the point around which the pendulum rotates causes the system to lose kinetic energy and eventually stop.

Why does a swinging swing slow down eventually?

When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

#### Why does the pendulum stop swinging?

Often a pendulum clock will stop when it has been moved, bumped or even a too aggressive push to restart a pendulum. It is not broken, only out of beat. This only takes a few minutes to readjust and all pendulum clock owners should learn how as this will happen eventually.

#### Does pendulum ever stop?

A pendulum is an object hung from a fixed point that swings back and forth under the action of gravity. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

Why does a pendulum eventually slow down and stop swinging?

## Why does pendulum swing slower?

The longer the length of string, the farther the pendulum falls; and therefore, the longer the period, or back and forth swing of the pendulum. Since the force of gravity is less on the Moon, the pendulum would swing slower at the same length and angle and its frequency would be less.)

## How do pendulum clocks keep swinging?

The escapement is a mechanical linkage that converts the force from the clock’s wheel train into impulses that keep the pendulum swinging back and forth. It is the part that makes the “ticking” sound in a working pendulum clock.

What causes a pendulum clock to stop swinging?

Pendulums must swing freely. If a clock pendulum touches anything during a swing, it stops. Often, a pendulum strikes the case after a clock is moved to a new location.

### What happens when a pendulum strikes a case?

If a clock pendulum touches anything during a swing, it stops. Often, a pendulum strikes the case after a clock is moved to a new location. Case strike is frequently the problem with grandfather clocks. When this occurs, the clock is probably not sitting level.

### What makes the simple pendulum slow down in SHM?

The period of a pendulum is the time it takes the pendulum to make one full back-and-forth swing. What forces keep the simple pendulum in SHM? There are two forces on the pendulum, gravity and the tension due to the string. What makes a pendulum slow down?

How does mass affect the period of a pendulum?

In the formula, “l” is the length and “g” is the force of gravity. Therefore, the mass does not affect the period of the pendulum. How does mass affect a pendulum?