Synchronization of metronomes and why physics rocks

12/19/12 – UPDATE:  Andy Rundquist tweeted me with his wonderful work on solving the math of this demonstration in Mathematica.  You can read more at his blog:  http://arundquist.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/synchronized-metronomes/

 

Check out this video I found while using my favorite web tool, StumbleUpon:

It’s an excellent and simple demonstration of coupled oscillators.  The support below the metronomes is flexible, coupling the oscillators and leading to their synchronization in less than 2 minutes.  io9 references an excellent video that discusses coupled oscillators and this demonstration in particular:

Physics FTW!

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