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In this lesson for Grades 6-8, learners observe the movement of pendulums in order to understand how gravitational forces act and how they affect changes in speed and acceleration of objects. It starts with a brief exploration of Galileo's experiments with pendulum motion, then introduces websites with pendulum simulations, and culminates with a lab in which students construct a pendulum, test its period/frequency, and vary length of the string. This resource comes with warm-up questions, printable student guides, and complete lesson plan.
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This is a set of packaged materials for middle school use, all designed for use with the Open Source Physics Pendulum Energy Model. A pendulum simulation is viewed alongside bar graphs that show changing levels of kinetic and potential energy. Air resistance is ignored in this simulation.