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Old 10-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #69
cowmoo32
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Originally Posted by mash20 View Post
Since all the metronomes are weakly coupled through the table, they eventually find the same frequency and oscillate together.

EDIT: Apparently it's called "entrainment" (not to be confused with entertainment) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrainment_(physics)
I'm glad you posted that. I saw another video similar to this with less metronomes and they were sitting on a board that was free to swing back and forth and I was wondering if that had anything to do with them all getting on the time.

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Contrary to layman's belief, math is not science. So whoever drew the cartoon cannot be a scientist.
The comic is his full time job, but he is a trained scientist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Munroe
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A Renaissance Program, he graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in physics. Munroe worked as an independent contractor for NASA at the Langley Research Center before and after his graduation
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Also, if you knew anything about engineering you would know that physics is not the only thing involved... It's MUCH MUCH more than your incompetent brain can comprehend.
I'm sorry, but aren't you fresh out of school? Please, enlighten us all.
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