Media Hunt 1: Swinging Atwood’s Machine

This is a video of Swinging Atwood’s Machine which consists of two different masses hanging on a string over a pulley.  The string and the pulley are considered massless.  In Atwood’s Machine both the masses only move in one dimension, but in Swinging Atwood’s Machine one mass moves in two dimensions creating the swinging pattern.  The path of movement has a general pattern, but also has a very chaotic pattern as it goes at very different angles each time.  The more you watch the mass the more order seems to emerge, however it is still has sensitivity to initial conditions as the location it begins affects the path greatly.  It also can only be predicted on a general level, such as which direction it will travel next.

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: