Advanced Placement / Physics

Simple Pendulum

In this lab, students will use a photogate and pendulum to determine the physical properties of a simple pendulum that affect its period. Then, students will use their data to support a mathematical model that relates period to pendulum arm length.


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13_AP1_Simple_Pendulum_S.docx 239.30 KB
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13_Simple_Pendulum_013-14567A-SV.spk2 13.58 KB

Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
4.1; 9.1 3.B.3.1; 2; 3

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Smart Gate

Wireless Smart Gate

The Wireless Smart Gate has all the features of the wired Smart Gate plus the added flexibility of wireless connection to your data collection system.

Pendulum Clamp

Hang up to three pendula from precisely the same height.

Photogate Pendulum Set

Photogate Pendulum Set

Set of four pendula (brass, plastic, wood, and aluminum) that are ideal for PASCO’s Photogate Head and Photogate Accessory in timing experiments.

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Source: Lab #13

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 1

Simple Pendulum