Synchronization is a common phenomenon in physical and biological systems. We examine the synchronization of two (and more) metronomes placed on a freely moving base. The small motion of the base couples the pendulums causing synchronization. The synchronization is generally in-phase, with antiphase synchronization occurring only under special conditions. The metronome system provides a mechanical realization of the popular Kuramoto model for synchronization of biological oscillators, and is excellent for classroom demonstrations and an undergraduate physics lab.
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October 01 2002
Synchronization of metronomes
James Pantaleone; Synchronization of metronomes. Am. J. Phys. 1 October 2002; 70 (10): 992–1000. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1501118
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