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The Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model displays a car on an inclined plane. When the car reaches the bottom of the incline, it can be set to bounce (elastic collision) with the stop attached to the bottom of the incline. The car consists of the car body, two rotating front wheels, and two rotating rear wheels. The incline angle (in radians) can be changed via a textbox and the rocket's thrust can be changed via a slider. In addition the car can be dragged to its initial position. An introduction to the simulation and questions for students are included. You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.
Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (Ejs) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_mech_newton_RocketCarOnInclinedPlane.jar file will run the program if Java is installed. Ejs is a part of the Open Source Physics Project and is designed to make it easier to access, modify, and generate computer models. Additional Ejs models for classical mechanics are available. They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Ejs.
Published October 28, 2008
Last Modified August 20, 2013
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The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model. Unzip this archive in your Ejs workspace to compile and run this model using Ejs.
Published October 29, 2008
Last Modified October 28, 2008