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					                        Pendulum Lab
   Project Goals :

     I can design and conduct experiments to determine how
      the length of a string affects the period of a pendulum.
     I can design and conduct experiments to determine how
      the weight of a pendulum affects the period of a
      pendulum.
     I can organize and interpret data
     I can use my conclusions to explain the nature of gravity.

You will prepare a lab report which includes the following
sections:

1. Introduction: (Describe what you are investigating, include
your hypothesis)

2. Procedure (explains how you will test it, must be detailed
and sequenced, diagrams can be used)

3. Data tables (including titles and labels)

4. Conclusions - Make sure you use your data to answer the
questions. Remember you have two variables in the experiment
- length and weight. They may have different affects on the
number of swings. Its up to you to find out exactly how each
variable changes the pendulum's period.
             Pendulum Lab Grading Rubric
                               Needs Work Good        Excellent
                               (0-5 pts)  (6-8 pts)   (9-10 pts)
Introduction/Hypothesis (10)
       Clearly written and
      specific
Procedure (20)
      Sequenced and
      detailed.
      Measuring
      procedure explained
Data Table (20)
      Labels/Titles/Units
      Easily Compares data
Conclusions (30)
      Supported by
      data/graphs
      Answers experiment
      questions
      How do pendulums
      help us understand
      the nature of
      gravity?
     Total: (80)

				
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