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Pendulum Wave Animation

Inspired by a video showing the seemingly chaotic movements of pendula of varying lengths, I created this animation in Geogebra.

Using sine functions of varying periods, I was able to create a set of points that oscillate in a manner similar to the pendula in the “Pendulum Waves” video.

Consider the point on the bottom as the timekeeper.  In the the time it takes the bottom point to complete one full trip (from center to right to left back to center), the next point up completes two full trips; the point above that three full trips, and so on.

Since every point is completing a whole number of trips in that amount of time, they will all sync up every time the bottom point is ready to start again.  And watch the “even” points to see when they sync up, too!

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  1. Juejun Xiao says:

    Wow, its cool how if you look all the points at the same time. You will see the points moving as if they are moving in a 3D space. Sometime its look like a moving vortex; sometime it looks like a rotating parabola. It is cool how things moving in a plane, can create a 3D feeling

  2. Brian Nam says:

    For some reason this reminded me of this. In Germany, the BMW museum has this displayed. Not so much of a pendulum, but it seemed to me that these kinetic balls showed various 3D planes and curves (some of the equations used in multi-variable calculus). Thought you might be interested in taking a look at it too.

  3. Brian Nam says:

    This reminded me of Not so much of a pendulum, but the whole ball theme seemed to fit in. For me the bmw kinetic balls reminded me the various equations for curves and planes in 3D (multi-varible calculus). Thought you might be interested in taking a look at it too.

  4. MrHonner says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing, Brian–that is awesome! At first I thought it was a magnetic sculpture, but the balls are on individual strings. Very cool!

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