Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Pendulum Experiment- Part 2 - Section 2: Engage

 

It's important to explain to students and give them experiences with controlled experiments. A controlled experiment is defined as 

Students up to this point may have only been exposed to investigations where they have been given directions on how to complete a task, but none of the variables are changed or the students don't have a chance to design their own investigation.

 

  Explaining "Controlled Experiments"
  Staircase of Complexity: Explaining "Controlled Experiments"
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Pendulum Experiment- Part 2

Unit 3: Gravity
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use a pendulum based on Galileo's work to test different variables.

Big Idea: Changing different components of the pendulum will allow students to test different variables and observe the different outcomes of the investigation.

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