tends to have very predictable behaviour, hence the old fashioned grandfather
clock, but not so the MAGNETIC PENDULUM! Swing a magnet over a
metal plate containing two or more attractive magnets and you find that
it is almost impossible to predict which magnet the pendulum will ultimately
be attracted to. However in theory the mathematical equations governing
the system allow us to determine the precise behaviour of the pendulum.
If you start relatively near to a magnet the pendulum will simply be
attracted to that magnet, but further away the motion is difficult to
the experiment shown, the position of the swinging magnet is shown
for three different (white, yellow and blue), but close, starting positions
(picture with yellow border). Yet each are attracted to a specific magnet,
say the one on the right (yellow).