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This free animated tutorial features a simple pendulum attached to a pivot point by a string. As the pendulum swings, energy bar graphs of changing kinetic and potential energy are displayed alongside. This resource, part of The Physics Classroom website, is intended to help students visualize mechanical energy conservation as they investigate why the tension force does no work on the pendulum.
Editor's Note: The motion of a simple pendulum is a classic example of mechanical energy conservation. This short tutorial would be appropriate for both middle school physical science and as a review in a high school conceptual physics course.
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
= Work
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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= Tutorial
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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animation, conservation of energy, energy, kinetic energy, pendulum, potential energy, tension force, tutorial, work
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Metadata instance created November 26, 2007 by Caroline Hall
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December 12, 2018 by Caroline Hall
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November 6, 2006

This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy

The motion of a pendulum is a classic example of mechanical energy conservation.  In this animated tutorial, energy bar graphs depict the changing ratios of kinetic-to-potential energy as the pendulum swings.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Transformation

The motion of a pendulum is a classic example of mechanical energy conservation.  In this tutorial, energy bar graphs depict the changing ratios of kinetic-to-potential energy as the pendulum swings. This resource provides great content support for the "Pendulum Energy Model", found above in Teaching About Energy.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Transformation

The motion of a pendulum is a classic example of mechanical energy conservation.  In this animated tutorial, energy bar graphs depict the changing ratios of kinetic-to-potential energy as the pendulum swings.

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T. Henderson, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/pe.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for a Pendulum, (2004), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/pe.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2006, November 6). The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for a Pendulum. Retrieved November 13, 2019, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/pe.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for a Pendulum. November 6, 2006. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/pe.cfm (accessed 13 November 2019).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for a Pendulum. 2004. 6 Nov. 2006. 13 Nov. 2019 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/pe.cfm>.
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