Constant Acceleration Lab


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This virtual lab studies motion with constant acceleration, using the classic Shoot-the-Monkey. No real monkeys are harmed in the lab. Position the monkey on the screen by dragging. Clicking the reset button sets the clock to zero. Pressing the spacebar … Continue reading

Position and time lab


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This virtual lab gives us a chance to think about motion can be described as position changing in time. The lab features a car driving on a 100m field: Where is the position of the car when it starts? Where … Continue reading

Calculating loads in a truss


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There are plenty of resources on the web for reading about how to calculate stresses in a system of trusses. West Point has an activity I'd like to try in a physics class. Below is an example I have started … Continue reading

Roller coaster


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This lab can be used to investigate the relationship between velocity and the height above ground. We use it when studying potential and kinetic energy. The lab is based on Scratchy, the roller coaster riding cat. Clicking one of the … Continue reading