This quantitative, inquiry based laboratory exercise for physics or physical science classes examines oscillations by means of a plastic ruler arranged as a physical pendulum. The rotational inertia of the pendulum is measured.
Applicable to Physical Science, Physics, Honors Physics, and AP Physics classes.
Instructor's Notes and Student Worksheets are included.
This exercise covers portions of the following California State Science Standards
Physics - Motion and Forces
Investigation and Experimentation
This standalone exercise can also be paired with Mini Lab: The Physical Pendulum I