Reflection: Student Grouping Pendulum Investigation - Periodic Motion and Mathematics - Section 2: Pendulum Investigation!


In the attached Video: Student Data Collection you will see my students hard at work gathering data.  Groupings of 2-3 students work well, because as you can imagine, things get a little crowded when there are more than 3 students involved at each station.  If your class is large, you may wish to add pendulums in the room.  If you do this, however, realize that you will not be able to have the kids visit every station in the room in a 45 minute class session.  Three stations of different length pendulums is usually sufficient for the students to get a feel for what is going on mathematically. 

Make careful note of the level of student engagement in this lesson.  The students really buy into the "team" aspect of the activity and strive to gather very accurate data.  It was fun for me to see!

  Student Grouping: Video: Student Data Collection
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Pendulum Investigation - Periodic Motion and Mathematics

Unit 12: Let's Explore Radicals!
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT construct a mathematical model and play with pendulums as they build upon their knowledge of radical equations.

Big Idea: No more getting "sleepy...very sleepy" in math class. Pendulums are awesome!

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Math, Algebra, master teacher project, Algebra II, radical functions, radicals
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