Suggests Earth's rotation.
Newton's first law. Useful Links: The California Academy of Sciences provides details on how to construct such a device, while the Smithsonian provides us with good information on how this amazing invention first proved that Earth rotates. Updated on: 06/13/13 Big Model at the Display Tower.
A model of a Foucault pendulum suggesting Earth rotation and pendulum vibration in a fixed plane.
Foucault pendulum device, variable speed motor
Rotate shaft from the motor drive setting the speed as low as possible. Pendulum oscillates in a fixed plane while hoop rotates.
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