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Bi-frequency pendulum on a rotary platform: modeling various optical phenomena

 a, b,  b
a University Academic Division of Nonlinear Optics, Institute of Electro-Physics of the Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, pr. Lenina 76, Chelyabinsk, 454010, Russian Federation
b College of Optics and Photonics/CREOL, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32816-2700, USA

The teaching of optical phenomena can be enhanced through the use of analogies to the motion of a bi-freguency pendulum. In this text we target demonstrations to four groups of students and scientists: younger schoolchildren to high school seniors; 7th graders to college juniors; college juniors to final-year graduate students in physics, optics and engineering; and college seniors to research scientists. The main defference between the groups is in the level of mathematics required to make the analogy to optical phenomena. Most of the physical ideas may be understood and appreciated even in junior high school and serve as a motivation for deeper study of mathematics and science.

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PACS: 01.50.−i, 42.25.−p, 42.65.−k (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2004v047n12ABEH001880
Citation: Zel’dovich B Ya, Soileau M J "Bi-frequency pendulum on a rotary platform: modeling various optical phenomena" Phys. Usp. 47 1239–1255 (2004)
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T1 Bi-frequency pendulum on a rotary platform: modeling various optical phenomena
A1 Zel’dovich,B.Ya.
A1 Soileau,M.J.
PB Physics-Uspekhi
PY 2004
FD 10 Dec, 2004
JF Physics-Uspekhi
JO Phys. Usp.
VO 47
IS 12
SP 1239-1255
DO 10.1070/PU2004v047n12ABEH001880

Оригинал: Зельдович Б Я, Суало М Дж «Двухчастотный маятник на вращающейся платформе: моделирование оптических явлений» УФН 174 1337–1354 (2004); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0174.200412e.1337

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