Experimental investigation of the "effective potential" of an inverted pendulum

Julia G Fenn, Derek A Bayne, Bruce David Sinclair

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The range of stability of a vertically driven inverted pendulum is explored using simple experimental techniques. The results are found to compare well with those expected from "effective potential" theory. This vindicates the use of the theory in modeling this intriguing system. (C) 1998 American Association of Physics Teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-984
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998


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