"Pendulum wave effect" shown using black light and music

(CBS) - The "pendulum wave effect" is a well-documented phenomenon that has been demonstrated in numerous classrooms around the world... but have you ever watched it with a black light and music? No? Then this is a video you should check out.  The effect kicks in at about 30 seconds into the video.

The video was created by YouTube user "brusspup" who writes about the experiment:

The effect works by using a formula that provides the specific length for each string. When all of the pendulums are started at once the patterns will start to form. The pattern resets after about 1 minute. I glued white poster board on the sides of the nuts and used a black light, causing the white to glow.

To check out more videos by "brusspup" (including alternate versions of this one), click HERE.


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