Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Simple Pendulum

Students use a photogate and pendulum to determine the physical properties of a simple pendulum that affect its period, and then use their data to support a mathematical model relating period to pendulum arm length.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
4.1; 9.1 3.B.3.1; 3.B.3.2; 3.B.3.3

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Source: Lab #13

Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Simple Pendulum