Synchronization of pendulum clocks and metronomes

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:55am for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Prof. Guillermo Goldsztein – GT School of Math – ggold@math.gatech.edu
Molei Tao
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.