## How is the pendulum described in The Pit and the Pendulum?

When he returns his focus to the ceiling, he discovers that the pendulum is constructed like a scythe and is making a razor-sharp crescent in its descent toward him. As the pendulum nears his heart, the narrator breaks through the strap and escapes from the pendulum’s swing.

## Why does the character in The Pit and the Pendulum smear meat on his bonds?

Terms in this set (21) Why does the character in “The Pit and the Pendulum” smear meat on his bonds? He wants to attract rats to the scent so they will chew on them, thus freeing him. Sells his soul to the devil.

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## What does the pit symbolize in Invictus?

The second line reinforces the first – the black pit suggesting that this was a deep depression, a spiritual darkness covering the whole world, the world being that of the speaker.

## Would a pendulum work in space?

On the earth’s surface, there is a second force acting on our pendulum. This is exerted by whatever is holding up our pendulum against gravity. So the pendulum does work. You could make a pendulum work in a spacecraft in space far away from all stars, planets, etc.

## Would a pendulum work on the moon?

What effect do you think the difference in gravitational forces would have on the pendulum? (The force of gravity is less on the moon than on the Earth. Since the force of gravity is less on the Moon, the pendulum would swing slower at the same length and angle and its frequency would be less.)

## Does pendulum ever stop?

A pendulum can only stop when its gravitational potential is lowest and it no longer has energy driving it. (This is of course assuming the pendulum is allowed to swing until brought to a stop by friction, rather than being stopped by an applied force.)

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## How do you adjust a pendulum?

Stop the pendulum to move the pendulum bob up or down to change the pendulum’s effective length. If the clock is running fast, move the bob down or turn the nut to the left. If the clock is running slow, move the bob up or turn the nut to the right. Restart the pendulum and reset the clock hands to the proper time.