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This simulation demonstrates energy conservation for a pendulum. It shows a simple pendulum oscillating back and forth, and it graphs the kinetic and potential energy of the system as it oscillates. Students can can change the gravity, adjust the length of the pendulum, and change the mass of the bob.
Editor's Note: This simulation was designed to help students see that the period of a pendulum depends largely on the length of the pendulum and the gravitational constant (not the mass of the pendulum bob). They will see that the pendulum swings in simple harmonic motion as long as the initial angle is under 20 degrees.
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Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion Unit Title: Simple Harmonic Motion
This simple Java simulation will help students see that the period of a pendulum depends largely on its length and the gravitational constant (not the mass of the pendulum bob). They will see that the pendulum swings in simple harmonic motion as long as the initial angle is under 20 degrees.
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