The Pendulum - Demo 2

Damped Pendulum

Now dissipation is added, with an initial condition again close to the hyperbolic fixed point. Click the mouse to start off other trajectories.

You should be able to convince yourself that practically all initial conditions lead to an orbit spiralling into the fixed point (remember angles differing by 2 are physically equivalent.)

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Michael Cross