# Question: What Happened To The Total Energy Of The Pendulums As It Swung?

## What happens to the energy lost by the pendulum?

On the upswing of the pendulum, the kinetic energy will start to convert back into potential energy.

With each swing of the pendulum there is a little bit of energy lost due to friction in the rope.

This loss of energy will dampen each swing, causing the maximum height of swing to go down each time..

## Why do shorter pendulums swing faster?

Why does the angle the pendulum starts at not affect the period? (Answer: Because pendulums that start at a bigger angle have longer to speed up, so they travel faster than pendulums that start at a small angle.)

## How do I make my pendulum swing longer?

(Mass does not affect the pendulum’s swing. 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. The greater the amplitude, or angle, the farther the pendulum falls; and therefore, the longer the period.)

## How do you find the maximum kinetic energy of a pendulum?

The kinetic energy would be KE= ½mv2,where m is the mass of the pendulum, and v is the speed of the pendulum. At its highest point (Point A) the pendulum is momentarily motionless. All of the energy in the pendulum is gravitational potential energy and there is no kinetic energy.

## What keeps a pendulum moving?

The Earth’s gravity attracts the pendulum. … This means that since the pendulum is now in motion, it keeps moving, unless there is a force that acts to make it stop. Gravity works on the pendulum while it is moving. The moving force becomes less as the force of gravity acts on the pendulum.

## What happens to the total energy of the pendulum as it swings?

The total energy on the pendulum always adds up to 16. … Whenever the pendulum swing moves it’s Kinetic energy but when it rests it changes to potential energy.

## What happens to the pendulum’s kinetic energy when the pendulum stops swinging?

At that point the kinetic energy starts transforming back into potential energy on the other end of the swing. Then, the pendulum actually comes to a stop! It comes to a stop for a very short time at the end of each swing. When it is “at rest” the energy is once again potential energy.

## Why did the pendulum stop swinging Where did the energy go?

The main reason the pendulums stop is due to air friction and the friction at the point of rotation. To see a pendulum that removes one of these sources of friction, you can see a Coriolis force clock. These are pendulums that swing but instead of being on a pivot point, they are held up magnetically.

## At what position pendulum acquires the maximum energy?

A pendulum has its maximum kinetic energy when it is at the lowest point of its swing. This is the point where the speed of the pendulum is at its maximum.

## Where is the maximum potential energy in a pendulum?

At the lowest point of its motion, kinetic energy is maximum and potential energy is minimum. This is where the velocity is a maximum. At the highest point of its motion, kinetic energy is minimum (i.e. zero) and potential energy is maximum.

## Why would a pendulum eventually stop?

The pendulum stops eventually because of air resistance. The pendulum loses energy because of friction. Only in a theoretical situation when there is no friction the pendulum will oscillate forever.

## What stops a pendulum from swinging?

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.