Simple Harmonic Motion - Simple Pendulum   

Tanali Bhattacharyay, Radhika Oka, Vaibhav Wagh, Sugat Dabholkar
Physics, Self-directed
80-90 minutes
Class IX


This lesson is about understanding and investigating simple harmonic motion (SHM) of a simple pendulum. Students use a computational model of a simple pendulum to learn about its position, velocity and acceleration. Students can also observe changes in the mechanical energy (kinetic energy and potential energy) of the pendulum.    

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Next Generation Science Standards
  •   Physical Science
    • [HS-PS4-1] Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.
Computational Thinking in STEM
  •   Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Collecting Data
  •   Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Assessing Computational Models
    • Using Computational Models to Find and Test Solutions
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept


Lesson development: Tanali Bhattacharya, Radhika Oka, Vaibhav Wagh, Sugat Dabholkar

Topic selection: Tanali Bhattacharya, Radhika Oka

Model coding: Vaibhav Wagh, Sugat Dabholkar


This lesson has been co-designed as a part of a co-design project by CoESME at IISER Pune and CCL at Northwestern.