Ramp: Forces and Motion

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a few scenarios and have students sketch graphs of their positions, velocities, accelerations, and forces
Classroom Considerations

  • 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
Pros

  • 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
Cons

  • None