James Pantaleone (US) Synchronisation of metronomes

Scientific experiment, 2002

Synchronization is a common phenomenon in physical and biological systems. We examine the synchronization of two and more metronomes placed on a freely moving base. The small motion of the base couples the pendulums causing synchronization. The synchronization is generally in-phase, with antiphase synchronization occurring only under special conditions. The metronome system provides a mechanical realization of the popular Kuramoto model for synchronization of biological oscillators, and is excellent for classroom demonstrations and an undergraduate physics lab. (Source: Pantaleone, James. Synchronization of metronomes. 2002. American Journal of Physics, 70/10. 992-1000. © 2002 American Association of Physics Teachers.)

James Pantaleone (US)

jtpantaleone@uaa.alaska.edu

http://salt.uaa.alaska.edu/jim