University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo

List of Exhibits
PASI's Excellent Adventure: the LHC decoded
First Floor
Welcome Kiosk
Tachyonic Antitelephone
Foucault Pendulum
Second Floor
Atom Corral
Cosmic Rays
Electric Circuit
Historic Instruments
Wonder Room: Supersymmetry and Extra Dimensions
Third Floor
Particle Physics
Camera Obscura
Useful Links

The Foucault Pendulum of the Physics and Arts Exhibition extends over three floors. The Pendulum maintains its swing through a sophisticated laser driver mechanism. The driver mechanism/circuit is based on the one at the University of Louisville. For a detailed description see the Foucault Pendulum at the University of Louisville. Next to the Foucault Pendulum is an interactive model.

Interactive Model Demos:
Foucault Demo | Pendulum at North Pole | Pendulum at Buffalo Latitude
Poster | Pendulum at Equator | Pendulum at North Pole and Buffalo

To take part in a self-guided tour for the Foucault Pendulum and Driver Mechanism dial 1-888-744-0529, then 11 or 17, respectively.

Here are some interesting links regarding the Foucault Pendulum
and the principles behind it:

The Foucault Pendulum

Rotational-vibrational coupling

Oceanography and Meteorology: Inertial Oscillation

Foucault Pendulum Bottom View
Click on photo for slideshow

Click on photo for slideshow