Determine the formula for the period of a pendulum. The period is defined as the time required for a complete outandback swing.
Measuring the period: The easiest way to measure the period accurately is to measure the time for a large number of swings and divide by this number to determine the time required for one complete swing. In this investigation, measure the time for ten complete swings and divide by ten to determine the period of the pendulum (a single swing).
Measuring the length of the pendulum: Measure the length from the pivot point to the center of mass of the paperclip / washer assembly.
MSPS25 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
Investigate
 Develop a graph of Period vs. Mass. What effect does the mass have on the period of the pendulum?
 Develop a graph of Period vs. Length. What effect does the length have on the period of the pendulum?
 Based upon your observations, develop a formula to determine period as a function of mass and length.
Interpret the Data What effect does the mass have on the period of the pendulum?
 What effect does the length have on the period of the pendulum?
 Based upon your observations, develop a formula to determine period as a function of mass and length.
