Stand for a Kater's Reversible Gravity Pendulum

Stand for a Kater's Reversible Gravity Pendulum

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Description
The Kater reversible free swinging pendulum was invented in 1817 by British physicist and army captain Henry Kater, for use in measuring the local acceleration of gravity. This stand for a Kater pendulum came from Bowdoin College where, in the late nineteenth century, students in the elementary physics course learned to determine “the force of gravity with Kater’s pendulum.”
Ref: Bowdoin College, Catalogue (Brunswick, Me., 1890), pp.28-29.
Victor Lenzen and Robert Multhauf, "Development of Gravity Pendulums in the 19th Century," United States National Museum Bulletin 240 (1965): 301-348.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
stand for reversing pendulum
Measurements
average spatial: 93.5 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm; 36 13/16 in x 13 3/4 in x 8 11/16 in
overall: 36 1/4 in x 13 3/4 in x 8 5/8 in; 92.075 cm x 34.925 cm x 21.9075 cm
ID Number
1992.0477.09.02
catalog number
1992.0477.09.02
accession number
1992.0477
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National Museum of American History
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