12/05/2015, 15:00 — 16:00 — Room P3.10, Mathematics Building
Henrique Oliveira, Instituto Superior Técnico
Huygens synchronization of two clocks
The synchronization of two pendulum clocks hanging from a wall was first observed by Huygens during the XVII century. This type of synchronization is observed in other areas, and is fundamentally different from the problem of two clocks hanging from a moveable base. We present a model explaining the phase opposition synchronization of two pendulum clocks in those conditions. The predicted behaviour is observed experimentally, validating the model. Joint with L. Melo.