after 40 years as a system engineer working for IBM high end system I am a beginner in horology and I want to delegate to my computer low level tasks. For instance, I would like to use my picoscope to make sure that the escapement of a clock is correctly balanced.
You all know that a mechanical clock sounds tic toc. A clock is limping or shaky when the time between tic and toc is not equal to the time between toc and tic. Time between two tics is known as period and 1/period is the frequency.
One of my objective is to build a tool to visualize the balancing of a pendulum as a diagram with Lissajous representation.
A circle (sin(w*t), cos(wt*)) with w*t = one period. Add to A and B the sound of tic and toc.
When the frequency is not exactly the period of the pendulum, the tic and toc mark will rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. So we need to adjust the frequency of the AWG.
When tic and toc marks are spaced by 180° (diameter) the pendulum of the clock is balanced, otherwise we need to change something.
The AWG can be used, thought I am working with very low frequencies (0.5 hertz up to 10 hertz) but I do not know how to shift one channel (A or B) by pi/2 and how to add the tic and toc from a microphone.
Sure I need help.