The Not-So-Simple Pendulum: Theory, Experiment, and Computation in a DIY Remote Lab
Introductory mechanics has long been a prototypical example of how physics requires both experimental and theoretical work. In this talk I will present the adaptive process whereby I took my "Not-So-Simple Pendulum" lab from an in-lab to remote format. In this lab students are tasked with proving that a damped pendulum is not a damped harmonic oscillator. In its remote version, which students can do from home with a smartphone, Google sheets, and common household materials, I present a path towards a lab that integrates computation, experiment, and theory and can be done in a synchronous remote class session. Finally, I will explore some of the trade offs between the remote and in-lab versions of the "Not-So-Simple Pendulum" lab.