# What is the bob on a pendulum clock?

## What is the bob on a pendulum clock?

A bob is the mass on the end of a pendulum found most commonly, but not exclusively, in pendulum clocks.

## How does a pendulum bob work?

A pendulum consists of a mass (known as a bob) attached by a string to a pivot point. As the pendulum moves it sweeps out a circular arc, moving back and forth in a periodic fashion. The force of gravity acts in a downward direction and does work upon the pendulum bob.

What are pendulum clocks called?

The seconds pendulum (also called the Royal pendulum), 0.994 m (39.1 in) long, in which the time period is two seconds, became widely used in quality clocks. The long narrow clocks built around these pendulums, first made by William Clement around 1680, became known as grandfather clocks.

### How do pendulum clocks keep swinging?

A pendulum works by converting energy back and forth, a bit like a rollercoaster ride. If there were no friction or drag (air resistance), a pendulum would keep on moving forever. In reality, each swing sees friction and drag steal a bit more energy from the pendulum and it gradually comes to a halt.

### What causes a pendulum to eventually slow down and stop swinging?

A pendulum is an object hung from a fixed point that swings back and forth under the action of gravity. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

Why do clocks tick?

Mechanical clocks/watches that make a ticking sound normally do so because they have an escapement mechanism to help regulate the movements of the hands, that is, to keep time well. This mechanism works along with a pendulum, balance wheel, or similar device to keep the hands moving at the correct rate.

## What effect does the slow drop of the pendulum have in the story?

What effect does the slow drop of the pendulum have on the story? It shows that the jailers don’t know how to make a faster pendulum. It heightens the tension of the situation. It helps to make the story longer.

## What stops a pendulum from swinging?

Why won’t the pendulum keep swinging?

Have you recently moved your clock? The reason a clock pendulum often stops swinging, after being moved, is because the clock case now leans at a slightly different angle then it did at its former location. Don’t worry about making your clock absolutely level with the floor and don’t use a level.

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