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        Circus | Physics: Pendulum Motion

        Swinging back and forth, the solo trapeze is a giant pendulum, just like the one in a grandfather clock. In this unit, students will be introduced to the the basics of pendulum motion. They will learn how about a pendulum’s period from its length, and vice-versa.

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        Circus | Physics: Pendulum Motion Video

        This video can be used to motivate the study of pendulum motion, or to introduce the concept of simple harmonic motion. It can also serve as an extra illustration to reinforce previous lessons on these topics. If you watch the video in class, ask students to pause it at different points in the routine where velocity is greatest or smallest. Given stopwatches, have students time the swings and compare. This video includes a transcript.

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        Circus | Physics: Pendulum Motion Video Analysis

        These performance clips from the CIRCUS series are provided for use in classroom video analysis activities using VideoPoint or similar software. The video includes several different clips of a trapeze act, providing pendulums of different lengths for analysis.

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