A science experiment to use with your students when learning about kinetic and potential energy and work.
Use this science experiment when teaching students about kinetic and potential energy and work.
In this lab activity, students will observe the transfer of energy when a pendulum hits an object. In a series of trials, students will be adding weight to a pendulum to measure the amount of work done when it hits a box. As the weight increases, the potential and kinetic energy will increase, making the box travel farther.
Students should already be familiar with kinetic and gravitational potential energy, mechanical energy, and work. This science experiment should take approximately one class period to complete.
A teacher overview of the project and student lab sheets are included in the download. Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google slides version.
This project was created by Gaby Perez, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.