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Swing in Time


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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Swing in Time

Learners build and investigate pendulums of different lengths. They discover that the longer the string of the pendulum, the longer the time it takes to swing. Learners also discover that changing the mass on the end of the pendulum and changing the angle of release of the pendulum do not affect how long it takes to swing. Resource contains suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 110 cm of string
  • Fishing weights (1 oz. and 2 oz.)
  • Tape
  • Metric ruler or tape measure
  • Colored markers
  • Protractor
  • Stopwatch

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Rate
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Momentum and Velocity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Duren, Sabre; Heavner, Ben; Schaefer Zarske, Malinda; Carlson, Denise

Source Collection:

  • TeachEngineering

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, ©2004

Funding Sources:

  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation, 0226322

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