This web page is an animation relating to orbital pathways. The user sets the initial velocity of an orbiting mass. One animation traces the path of the orbiting object and the other displays a simultaneous Energy vs. Time graph. Students can see a variety of resulting orbital trajectories, including circular, elliptical, parabolic, and head-on collision.
This item is part of a collection of simulation-based activities developed by the author to support first semester introductory physics curriculum. See Related Materials for a link to the full index.
%0 Electronic Source %A Duffy, Andrew %D March 28, 2008 %T Boston University Physics Applets: Orbits and Energy %V 2015 %N 2 March 2015 %8 March 28, 2008 %9 application/java %U http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c17_orbits.html
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This is the full index of interactive Java simulations by the same author on Classical Mechanics. This particular collection is devoted to topics typically covered in a first semester introductory physics class.