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written by Scott W. Bonham
This interactive diagram explores conservation of energy as users solve a problem involving a child on a playground slide.   Users adjust the amounts of energy in side-by-side graphs to reflect the correct relative values of KE, GPE, and thermal energy from friction. Automated feedback of diagrams created by students allow these applets to be used as tutorials or in online homework.  The activity is designed to guide physics learners in self-discovery of concepts related to energy conservation in mechanical processes.  It is part of a larger collection of interactive resources sponsored by PADs.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
- Work and Energy
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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© 2004 Scott Bonham
conservation of energy, energy diagram, gravitational potential energy, interactive Java applets, interactive graphs, kinetic energy, representations, simulations
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S. Bonham, PADs Interactive Graphs and Diagrams: Sliding Down, (2004), <>.
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Bonham, S. (2006, May 30). PADs Interactive Graphs and Diagrams: Sliding Down. Retrieved July 28, 2016, from
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Bonham, Scott. PADs Interactive Graphs and Diagrams: Sliding Down. May 30, 2006. (accessed 28 July 2016).
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Bonham, Scott. PADs Interactive Graphs and Diagrams: Sliding Down. 2004. 30 May 2006. 28 July 2016 <>.
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