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This activity is to construct a model of Foucault's Pendulum,
observe it in action and report on these observations. According to the example given on
the video, the teacher must construct the pendulum. It will take some time at home or
after school to fabricate the device.
The day following the last segment of the video, have the
pendulum in place prior to class. Begin the class period by reviewing the purpose for
using Foucault's Pendulum. Next, set the pendulum in motion, start a timer and mark the
path of the weight. After the pendulum has been in motion for exactly half an hour, mark
the new path of the weight. Measure the angle of change and compare with student
To follow up on the video and experiments, the students will
utilize the Internet to find information relevant to the assignment. This information may
include characteristics of the Earth's orbit/rotations or weather data. When each student
has found a web site and is familiar with it, have them write a short essay on their
findings. Next, form the same groups so that they can compile their work, including all
segments of the lesson, and submit it as a portfolio for the group.
From the measurements taken during the pendulum experiment,
calculate the movement over a twenty-four-hour period. Would it turn 360 degrees? If not
what may be the reason.
Explore the weather patterns in different parts of the world
including the Southern Hemisphere. Make association with latitude, elevation, and surface
material. Are there any patterns?
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