Ranking tasks are a way to get students to really analyze a situation and get past misconceptions. This assignment has three tasks, two problems and a series of graphing questions. The effects of mass, length and gravity are highlighted.
This activity assumes that your students have investigated the effects of mass and length on a pendulum and have graphed period to length and developed the pendulum equation from it.
• Cooperative Learning
• Teacher instructions
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Student handouts
Keywords: simple harmonic motion, oscillation, period, length, mass, periodic motion, repetitive motion, linearize, parabolic, parabola, ranking task, AP Physics, physics, mechanics