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  •  Because you're taking on more of the component (2+ / 0-)
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    atana, Tomtech

    normal to the surface of the Earth with your own arms.

    The restoring force isn't constant over the range of swing.  It increases the farther away it gets away from equilibrium.  That's what you're feeling.

    •  Did you do it? (0+ / 0-)

      I pushed the pendulum 45 degrees one way and then the other. Away from the wall developed much more resistance even at the same angle.

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