Synchronization of pendulum clocks and metronomes

Series: 
Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:55am
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 005
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GT School of Math
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Organizer: 
In 1665, Huygens discovered that, when two pendulum clocks hanged from a same wooden beam supported by two chairs, they synchronize in anti-phase mode. On the other hand, metronomes synchronize in-phase when oscillating on top of the same movable surface. In this talk, I will describe and analyze a model to help understand the conditions that lead to anti-phase synchronization vs. the conditions that lead to in-phase synchronization.