CollegeHigh School / Physics

Conservation of Energy of a Simple Pendulum

The purpose of this experiment is to use measurements of the motion of a simple pendulum to calculate and compare the different types of energy present in the system.

A Rotary Motion Sensor is used to record the motion of the pendulum as it swings back and forth, and software calculations are used to determine the values of the various energy types during the oscillations.


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Conservation of Energy of a Simple Pendulum