Potential and Kinetic Energy

Activity Summary
Students will see how potential energy is converted into kinetic energy through the use of a pendulum. Students will participate in an inquiry-based experiment that involves changing the string length and mass of the bob to observe how these changes may affect the potential and kinetic energy of the system.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy
2. Explain how mass and height can alter potential energy
3. Show where potential energy and kinetic energy are highest in a system
4. Calculate potential and kinetic energy

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potential energy, pendulum, kinetic energy

Last updated: 3/4/2015

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