Stand for a Kater's Reversible Gravity Pendulum

Stand for a Kater's Reversible Gravity Pendulum

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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.
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stand for reversing pendulum
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
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