Does a pendulum clock ever stop?
Often a pendulum clock will stop when it has been moved, bumped or even a too aggressive push to restart a pendulum. It is not broken, only out of beat. This only takes a few minutes to readjust and all pendulum clock owners should learn how as this will happen eventually.
What causes a pendulum to slow down and stop swinging?
When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it. 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.
Where does energy go when a pendulum stops swinging?
When the pendulum stops briefly at the top of its swing, the kinetic energy is zero, and all the energy of the system is in potential energy. When the pendulum swings back down, the potential energy is converted back into kinetic energy.
Why do pendulums not stop?
If there were no friction or drag (air resistance), a pendulum would keep on moving forever. In reality, each swing sees friction and drag steal a bit more energy from the pendulum and it gradually comes to a halt. But even as it slows down, it keeps time.
What energy does a swinging pendulum have?
An ideal pendulum system always contains a stable amount of mechanical energy, that is, the total of kinetic plus potential energy. As the pendulum swings back and forth, the balance between the two types of energy changes constantly. At some points in its swing, the pendulum has more kinetic energy.