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This interactive simulation allows students to explore energy concepts by studying the motion of a skateboarder. The user can design ramps, jumps, and arbitrarily shaped tracks and observe the subsequent motion.  The mass of the skateboarder, gravitational constant, and friction of the track can all be modified. A measuring tape is available for making measurements of height and distance. The relationships between kinetic, potential, thermal, and total energy are illustrated by simultaneous graphs of energy vs. time and energy vs. position.

This item is part of a larger collection of interactive simulations  developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Work and Energy
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
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Access Rights: Free access
License: This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Additional information is available.
Rights Holder: University of Colorado at Boulder
Keywords: conservation of energy, friction, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, potential energy, work
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created October 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Jun 03, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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AIP Format
(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park).
AJP/PRST-PER
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park. (2006, March 3). Retrieved July 29, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, March 3, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park (accessed 29 July 2014).
MLA Format
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 29 July 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park}, Publisher = {Physics Education Technology Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {29 July 2014}, Month = {March 3, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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