This is a simple lab where students use clay and string to create a simple pendulum. They test variables (length, mass, amplitude) against a control and determine which variable affects the period of a pendulum. I use this lab to introduce waves.
* Vocabulary: pendulum, frequency, period, amplitude
* Practice problems (period, frequency)
* Drawing and labelling parts of a pendulum
* Scientific method skills: writing a testable hypothesis, developing a control, changing one variable at a time, drawing conclusions.