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This interactive simulation illustrates conservation of momentum through the collision of two planets.  The applet depicts the gravitational forces the planets exert on each other, and also displays speed, momenta, and kinetic energies of each planet during the head-on motion.  The masses of the planets are controlled by the student.  The module includes a detailed lesson with related problems/solutions, learning outcomes, and instructions for use.

This resource is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
= Conservation of Linear Momentum
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Center of Mass
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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Keywords:
Newton's Third Law, collisions, conservation of momentum, linear momentum, universal gravitation
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created May 19, 2008 by Christopher Allen
Record Updated:
May 20, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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February 18, 2004
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AIP Format
(University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), WWW Document, (http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/newton3/momentum/applet.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets, (University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/newton3/momentum/applet.html>.
APA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets. (2004, February 18). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from University of Calgary: http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/newton3/momentum/applet.html
Chicago Format
University of Calgary. Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets. Calgary: University of Calgary, February 18, 2004. http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/newton3/momentum/applet.html (accessed 24 July 2017).
MLA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets. Calgary: University of Calgary, 2001. 18 Feb. 2004. 24 July 2017 <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/newton3/momentum/applet.html>.
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@misc{ Title = {Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets}, Publisher = {University of Calgary}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {24 July 2017}, Month = {February 18, 2004}, Year = {2001} }
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