Understanding Energy (With a Pendulum)

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Have you ever wanted to play with a giant pendulum? An experiment allows small groups to do just that. They gather data and make observations as they complete the included worksheet. The lesson lays out each instruction including how long to spend covering definitions, equations, and the activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Group size is flexible from 2-5 members
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners must know how to solve equations
  • Set up classroom before class enters, hanging string from ceiling for each group 
Pros

  • Includes vocabulary, equations, and step-by-step directions
  • Can be completed in one class period
  • Relates potential and kinetic energy to roller coasters and pendulums
Cons

  • No answer key included
Common Core

NGSS