Exploring Pendulums

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Title:

Exploring Pendulums

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http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/exploring-pendulums/

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

This lesson helps students understand concepts related to how gravitational forces act on objects by exploring the motion of pendulums. The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the relationship between gravitational forces and the mass of objects, the changes in speed and direction of objects, and the distance between objects.

Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
2 ) Investigate, measure, and communicate in a graphical format how an observed pattern of motion (e.g., a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, two children teetering on a see-saw, a model vehicle rolling down a ramp of varying heights, a pendulum swinging) can be used to predict the future motion of an object.

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
6 ) Construct an explanation from evidence to illustrate that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed downward towards the center of Earth.

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
7 ) Design and conduct a test to modify the speed of a falling object due to gravity (e.g., constructing a parachute to keep an attached object from breaking).*

Tags: Earth, gravitational force, gravity, pendulum
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Author: Stephanie Carver