Solve the preceding initial-value problem via characteristic equations: . Hence, ; ; . Since , the maximum angular displacement is 0.05 radians.
Since period is independent of mass, changing the mass will have no effect.
Since p is small and both m and L can be made large, ; these roots are complex. Their real part is -p/2mL; solutions of this differential equation will be damped by the exponential factor . To minimize the effects of this term, choose both m and L as large as possible.
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