Pendulum
Peer Review for material titled "Pendulum"
User Rating for material titled "Pendulum"
Member Comments for material titled "Pendulum"
Personal Collections for material titled "Pendulum"
Learning Exercises for material titled "Pendulum"
Accessibility Info for material titled "Pendulum"
Search all MERLOT
Click here to go to your profile
Select to go to your workspace
Click here to go to your Dashboard Report
Click here to go to your Content Builder
Click here to log out
Search Terms
Enter username
Enter password
Please give at least one keyword of at least three characters for the search to work with. The more keywords you give, the better the search will work for you.
select OK to launch help window
cancel help

MERLOT II




        

Search > Material Results >

Pendulum

        

Pendulum

Logo for Pendulum
User can change the length, the mass ofthe bob or constant of gravitational accleration, by typing values in the appropriate fields before hitting "Go". Subsequent simulations will be plotted in differentcolors so that they may be compared. (Note the effect of changing length, mass, gravity, and initial amplitude on the frequency) Pressing "Reset" will clear all oldplots.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: August 05, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 04, 2010
Author:
Send email to brechtjo@pilot.msu.edu
Submitter: John Walkup

Quality


About

Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure

Connections





QR Code for this Page

Browse in Categories

Discussion

Discussion for Pendulum

Log in to participate in the discussions or Register if you are not already a MERLOT member.

Return to Top of Page
Avatar for JERRY BLIMBAUM
7 years ago

JERRY BLIMBAUM (Faculty)

I like the fact that each run of the pendulum is plotted in a different color. However, would have preferred to have option of having the axis displayed horizontally. This would have helped me to see the change in T, period, easier.
Used in course

Avatar for Peggy Tilgner
8 years ago

Peggy Tilgner (Faculty)

The website was excellent in that it allowed students to manipulate many more variables than typically can be done in a lab setting.
The material is accurate and results of data manipulation are easy to interpret.
I used it after demonstrating a pendulum to the whole class and explaining what things they could vary. Students actually collected data in their lab notebooks and formulated conclusions supported by the data.
Students liked the fact that they could vary the lengths, mass, and gravity. About half of them said that the computer activity would have been sufficient for them to learn the concepts. The other half indicated that they liked being able to set up their own pendulums and compare the results of those to what they found in the computer activity.

Technical Remarks:

The website was easy to access from Merlot but we had some problems when typing in the address. About half of the students got the "this page cannot be found" message.

Avatar for Cheryl Medearis
8 years ago

Cheryl Medearis (Faculty)

I used the website as the basis for a Problem-based Learning model lesson.
Students made predictions using a laboratory simulation. After recording their
predictions, I introduced the website and had them work in groups to record
data. The students compared their predictions using the laboratory simulation
and the website. After the lesson, students completed a rubric to assess the
lesson's effectiveness. The students rated one of the lesson's objectives, which
was stated as "the simulation helped me meet the outcomes of the lesson," a "6"
on a scale of 1-6. STudents also commented that they would like to use this
sort of activity more frequently to increase their understanding of science
concepts.

Students felt the website was user friendly, and two students reported that they
will use this site again.

Technical Remarks:

The website was easy to use for first time users.
Used in course