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Synchronisation of 5 coupled metronomes

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Synchronisation of 5 coupled metronomes done in Lancaster University, Physics Dep, Nonlinear dynamics and medical physics group.
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Some explanation by 'shoonya':

Here you go: metronomes (or "pendula") when on table, oscillate with random phases, since that is how they started and they are "uncoupled" (no
energy/information flows from one to other so they do not "know" each other.) When they are all together on the cans, notice that the cans themselves oscillate little, providing coupling/information crossover. which forces "synchronization" in periodic systems (discovered by Huygens in 17th century).

A useful book: "Synchronization: A
Universal Concept in Nonlinear Sciences " by Arkady Pikovsky, Michael
Rosenblum and Jurgen Kurths.

A scientific article:

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