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For my coursework investigation I have been asked to investigate the effects on the swing of a pendulum. The effects that I thought most suitable are length of string, weight of mass and angle of release.

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Introduction

Physics Coursework

My investigation

For my coursework investigation I have been asked to investigate the effects on the swing of a pendulum.  The effects that I thought most suitable are length of string, weight of mass and angle of release.  

Apparatus

The apparatus, which I will need for the investigation, are:

 String

 Various sized masses

 Clamp and stand

 Brick

 Stopwatch

 Protractor

 Rule

Apparatus

String

Various sized masses

Clamp and stand

Brick

Stopwatch

Protractor

Rule

How I will set up my investigation

I will set up my investigation by putting a clamp and stand on a table and attaching a string to the clamp.  At the end of the string will be the masses and at the bottom will be a brick to weigh the clamp down.

Diagram to show set up of my investigation

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Middle

1.7

50

40

60

17.58

1.8

60

40

60

18.02

1.8

70

40

60

18.38

1.8

80

40

60

19.98

2

90

40

60

19.32

1.9

100

40

60

20.05

2

Changing the angle of release

Weight (g)

Angle of release (deg.)

Length (cm)

Time 10

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Conclusion

"1">

15.84

1.6

70

90

60

17.42

1.8

70

100

60

17.11

1.7

Changing the length of the string

Weight (g)

Angle of release (deg.)

Length (cm)

Time 10 swings (secs)

Time average (secs)

70

40

100

20.27

2

70

40

90

19.59

2

70

40

80

18.71

1.9

70

40

70

17.66

1.8

70

40

60

15.99

1.7

70

40

50

14.39

1.4

70

40

40

13.02

1.3

70

40

30

11.77

1.2

70

40

20

9.44

1

70

40

10

8.62

0.9

Conclusion

I have found that the only effect that significantly alters the speed of a swing on the pendulum is the length of the string.  This shows that my prediction was wrong as I thought the angle of release would also change but I was correct that the length of the string would affect time.

This shows me that the moment of a force equals force multiplied by distance from fulcrum to line of action of the force

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