g: A Pendulum

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Does mass affect the number of swings a pendulum makes in a given time period? High schoolers examine the variables that determine how quickly a pendulum moves in an inquiry-based investigation. The physics of motion and gravity are examined through a controlled experiment and subsequent lab write-up.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Simple and easy-to-perform investigation
  • Controlled experiment 
  • Incorporates math
Cons

  • Exact string lengths should be given to ensure consistency and control
  • Gravity calculations section (Part III) could be a bit confusing without explanation
Common Core