Colliding Pendulum


[Student with equipment]

[Colliding Pendulum guide]

Colliding Pendulum features colliding steel bobs that conserve energy and momentum to better than 97 percent. Through experimentation, students discover first-hand that bobs of equal mass transfer momentum as they collide. By colliding bobs of unequal mass, students learn how momentum conservation allows them to predict the mass of an unknown object. Topics explored include frequency, mass, velocity, Newton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, and more.

Concepts Covered

  • Harmonic Motion
  • Frequency
  • Period
  • Graphing
  • Mass
  • Forces
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Elastic and Inelastic
  • Collisions
  • Momentum
  • Conservation of Momentum

NGSS Connections

Car and Ramp addresses the following performance expectations:

  • MS-PS2-1
  • MS-PS4-1
  • HS-PS2-1
  • HS-PS2-2
  • HS-PS2-3
  • HS-PS3-1
  • HS-PS4-1

Investigations

  • 4 Level A
  • 4 Level B
  • 4 Level C
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1515972 Colliding Pendulum Full Module
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 1 Equipment Unit, 1 Physics Stand, 1 DataCollector

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1515978 Colliding Pendulum Full Classroom Package
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 6 Equipment Units, 6 Physics Stands, 6 DataCollectors

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1515961 Colliding Pendulum Basic Module
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 1 Equipment Unit

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$269.95

1515967 Colliding Pendulum Basic Classroom Package
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 6 Equipment Units

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$1,089.65
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1515952 Colliding Pendulum Teacher’s Guide with Digital Access

$249.95

Required Accessories
(Included in Full Module and Classroom Package)
792-1670 DataCollector with Photogates

$499.95

792-1110 Physics Stand

$99.95