Effect of the spherical Earth on a simple pendulum

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Burko, Lior M.;
  • Subject: Physics - Classical Physics | Physics - General Physics | Physics - Physics Education
    arxiv: Physics::Geophysics | Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics | Physics::Space Physics

We consider the period of a simple pendulum in the gravitational field of the spherical Earth. Effectively, gravity is enhanced compared with the often used flat Earth approximation, such that the period of the pendulum is shortened. We discuss the flat Earth approximat... View more
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