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Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

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What is a pendulum?

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1. What makes a pendulum simple?

2. What is simple harmonic motion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Pendulums may seem simple, but they actually have a lot going on! Take the quiz and complete the worksheet to see what you know about the physics behind the movement of pendulums. Some quiz questions will ask you to correctly identify important definitions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be quizzed on:

  • Characteristics of a simple pendulum
  • Definition of pendulum and simple harmonic motion
  • Greatest acceleration point during the movement of a pendulum

Skills Practiced

Use the quiz/worksheet pairing to analyze your ability to implement these skill sets:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about pendulums in physics from the related lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve a practice problem to correctly identify the time period of a pendulum
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding simple pendulums and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the acceleration of pendulums

Additional Learning

To find out more, check out the accompanying video lesson entitled Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations. The lesson is written to meet these key objectives:

  • Understand the different equations that describe a pendulum
  • Solve a sample equation to identify time period and displacement of a pendulum
  • Identify other tools that are an example of simple harmonic motion
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