Energy of a Pendulum

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Just a swingin'! Introduce physical science scholars to the energy forms associated with a pendulum using a simple interactive. Learners adjust the height from which the pendulum starts, then observe changes in potential, kinetic, and thermal energy as the pendulum slows to a stop.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the interactive as a means of incorporating thermal energy into your class' understanding of kinetic and potential energy
  • Have students drag the pendulum to different heights and observe the changes in potential energy
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have an understanding of kinetic and potential energy 
Pros

  • Changes in energy are easy to observe as the simulation plays
  • The interactive is easily reset to change the conditions of the trial
Cons

  • None