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).
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 30 June 2015).
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