# Your question: Can a pendulum make a good clock?

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## Will a pendulum keep swinging forever?

No pendulum can swing forever because the system loses energy on account of friction. That’s why a grandfather clock has to be rewound every few days, to inject a little energy back into the system.

## Are pendulum clocks more accurate?

The measurement of time by pendulum clocks is one of the most accurate measures in daily use, but even with the best existing clocks it is not uncommon to find that the rate may vary from time to time by as much as half a second a day, roughly about 1 part in 150,000.

## Why is pendulums used in clocks?

pendulum, body suspended from a fixed point so that it can swing back and forth under the influence of gravity. Pendulums are used to regulate the movement of clocks because the interval of time for each complete oscillation, called the period, is constant.

## What causes a pendulum to eventually 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.

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## Why a pendulum stops swinging?

A pendulum stops oscillating because it loses energy when it is converted into heat. Even without air friction, the friction which exists with the point around which the pendulum rotates causes the system to lose kinetic energy and eventually stop.

## How do you tell if a pendulum is saying yes or no?

Wait for the answer.

When the pendulum swings, look at it – observe its direction. This is your answer. If it doesn’t move right away, give it time, or if it’s unclear what the signal is, try rephrasing the question and do it again. When the pendulum swings with great force, it’s answering loudly.

## What will happen to a pendulum in vacuum?

A pendulum at rest on the Earth’s surface will be subject to a normal force from the Earth’s surface. As the pendulum swings in the vacuum box, the force exerted by the box on the ground increases and decreases, thereby causing vibrations that move into the Earth. This carries away energy from the pendulum.

## Which way do I turn a pendulum to slow it down?

The clock can be made to go faster or slower by means of the nut at the bottom of the pendulum. Turning the front of the nut to the right speeds up the clock, and turning it to the left slows it down (in other words move the nut up to speed up, or down to slow down).

## How can you increase the accuracy of a pendulum?

Improve the accuracy of a measurement of periodic time by:

1. making timings by sighting the bob past a fixed reference point (called a fiducial point )
2. sighting the bob as it moves fastest past a reference point. The pendulum swings fastest at its lowest point and slowest at the top of each swing.
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## What is one advantage of quartz clocks over pendulum clocks?

Quartz clocks that function normally are more accurate than pendulum clocks, but pendulum clocks are still more suitable for time keeping than other antique devices, such as hour glasses and candle-based clocks.

## 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.

## Who invented time?

The measurement of time began with the invention of sundials in ancient Egypt some time prior to 1500 B.C. However, the time the Egyptians measured was not the same as the time today’s clocks measure. For the Egyptians, and indeed for a further three millennia, the basic unit of time was the period of daylight.