This interactive applet simulates the forces acting on a vertically moving block. The block is supported by springs that, in turn, are resting on a platform. Students control velocity and acceleration, allowing them to learn about the normal force and how to use Newton's Second Law to calculate the normal force on a vertically accelerating object. This item is part of a module that includes a detailed lesson with related problems/solutions, learning outcomes, and instructions for use.
This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).
Modular Approach to Physics: Block on Springs. (2007, March 26). Retrieved May 23, 2013, from University of Calgary: http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/normfrce/simulate/blockonsprings/page2.html
University of Calgary. Modular Approach to Physics: Block on Springs. Calgary: University of Calgary, March 26, 2007. http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/force/normfrce/simulate/blockonsprings/page2.html (accessed 23 May 2013).
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