Author

Andrew Miller

Date Approved

2016

Date Posted

4-27-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Ernest Behringer

Second Advisor

J. Marshall Thomsen

Abstract

Following the work of Berger and Nunes Jr., we designed and built an inverted, periodically driven, damped pendulum, which can be a Duffing oscillator, to study the transition from periodic to chaotic motion. We performed magnetic field measurements to characterize the permanent magnets and electromagnets used to drive the pendulum. We also analyzed video recordings of the oscillator in motion to determine the damping coefficient and resonance frequency of the pendulum.

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