Use the ramp, if you feel so inclined. Young scientists explore four simulations related to inclined planes. They include an introduction, friction, force graphs, and a robot moving company example. Pupils push objects up and down a ramp, altering the angle of incline in order to understand the relationship between velocity, acceleration, force, and position.
- Create a few scenarios and have students sketch graphs of their positions, velocities, accelerations, and forces
- Requires Java 1.5.0_19 or later on Macs and Java 1.5.0_15 or later on Linux and Windows
- Simulation fits well as an introduction to the inclined plane, forces, and motion
- Links to 14 lesson plans that use the simulation for middle and high school levels
- Translates into more than 50 languages
- Provides a document with an overview of the controls, ideas for simplification, and insights into student thinking