Energy of a Pendulum

The Energy of a Pendulum Concept Builder focuses on the concept of energy associated with a vibrating pendulum. The Concept Builder consists 42 questions organized into 12 Question Groups and spread across three activities. In the first activity - KE, PE, and TME - learners identify the manner in which the kinetic energy, potential energy, and total mechanical energy change as the pendulum vibrates from one location to another location. In the second activity - Energy Bar Charts - learners are provided three energy bar charts and must match them to three indicated locations along the pendulum's path. In the third activity - Do It With Numbers - learners are provided values of the KE and PE at one location in the pendulum's path and must identify the values at a second location. Question-specific help is provided for each of the 12 situations. Use of this Concept Builder with our Task Tracker system allows teachers to track student progress.

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Users are encouraged to open the Concept Builder and explore. There is no need for an activity sheet for this Concept Builder. However, the 42 different questions can be printed. View Questions (For Teachers Only).

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Concept Builder are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.