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Matthews, Michael R.; Gauld, Colin; Stinner, Arthur – Science & Education, 2004
The study and utilisation of pendulum motion has had immense scientific, cultural, horological, philosophical, and educational impact. The International Pendulum Project (IPP) is a collaborative research effort examining this impact, and demonstrating how historical studies of pendulum motion can assist teachers to improve science education by…
Descriptors: Motion, Scientific Literacy, Teachers, Science Education
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Gauld, Colin – Science & Education, 2004
The treatment of pendulum motion in early 18th century Newtonian textbooks is quite different to what we find in today's physics textbooks and is based on presuppositions and mathematical techniques which are not widely used today. In spite of a desire to present Newton's new philosophy of nature as found in his "Principia" 18th century textbook…
Descriptors: Science History, Textbooks, Physics, Motion
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Gauld, Colin – Science & Education, 2004
Articles about the pendulum in four journals devoted to the teaching of physics and one general science teaching journal (along with other miscellaneous articles from other journals) are listed in three broad categories--types of pendulums, the contexts in which these pendulums are used in physics teaching at secondary or tertiary levels and a…
Descriptors: Physics, Bibliographies, Laboratory Equipment, Science Instruction
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Gauld, Colin – Science & Education, 2004
The discovery of the near isochrony of the simple pendulum offered the possibility of measuring time intervals more accurately than had been possible before. However,the fact that it was not strictly isochronous for all amplitudes remained a problem. The cycloidal pendulum provided this strict isochrony and, over a thirty year period from 1659 the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Motion, Intervals, Laboratory Equipment