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Physlet Simulations and Animations for First-Semester Physics Feature Summary

Type:
Physics at Home
Title:
Physlet Simulations for First-Semester Physics
Description:
When a force is applied for particular length of time, it's useful to think about impulse, the product of the force and the time it is applied.
-- Check out the Physlets simulation Physlet Simulations for First-Semester Physics (it's the first one listed under "Momentum").

-- The airbag works by applying a small force for a relatively long time (the opposite of what happens in a head-on crash without the airbag).
-- Ion drive works by applying a tiny force over a very long time.

(This feature was updated on April 22, 2013.)
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