Foucault Pendulum

Go-lab approved
Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Contact person: 
Sofoklis Sotiriou
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Level of difficulty: 
Level of interaction: 
Booking required: 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

Foucault’s Pendulum allows students to perform the famous experiment that was the first substantial proof of Earth’s rotation. Alongside, the use of the lab allows the students to get acquainted with the main principles of pendulums as well as the basic concepts in geography like latitude, longitude and the motion of Earth.

Technical requirements: 

⚠️ WARNING: This lab requires Java, Windows and Internet Explorer with Java applet support, which means that Java needs to be installed and configured appropriately in the browser. Nowadays, the browser security restrictions are very tight to run Java applets. More information on how to configure Java in different browsers and operating systems can be found here:

The following guidelines will provide further installation requirements and details:

  • The simulation uses technology that renders 3D to the desktop using Microsoft DirectX. This means they can only run on full Windows operating systems. It will not run natively on MAC OS or Linux.
  • The DirectX configuration of the host Windows OS should have the following enabled:
    • DirectDraw Acceleration
    • Direct 3D Acceleration
    • AGP Texture Acceleration
  • Most PCs built and deployed in the last 4 to 5 years, with Windows XP SP2 or newer, should be suitable.
  • To test the DirectX configuration on a troublesome PC use the 'dxdiag' utility from the command-line:

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