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Finding the Center of Gravity Using Plumb Lines

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 3-4
Publication Year: 2002
Product Number: EG-2002-10-001-DFRC
Subjects: History, Mathematics, General Science


The center of gravity is the average location where mass and weight are distributed throughout an object. In this activity, students use string and a paper clip weight as a plumb line to find the center of gravity of their paper model airplane. Students also learn about balance and stability.

Finding the Center of Gravity Using Plumb Lines [453KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Exploring the Extreme Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 17th, 2014
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