Kater Reversible Gravity Pendulum

Kater 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 example 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
Pendulum, Reversible (Kater's Pendulum)
Measurements
overall: 11.2 cm x 95.9 cm x 11.2 cm; 4 7/16 in x 37 3/4 in x 4 7/16 in
overall in case: 4 1/8 in x 37 5/8 in x 4 1/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 95.5675 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
1992.0477.09.01
accession number
1992.0477
catalog number
1992.0477.09.01
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