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Michael R. Gallis
The Simple Circular Motion Model explores amusement park rides like a Merry-Go-Round. The rotational speed and radial distance are controlled with sliders at the bottom of the applet. The controls are "lagged" to reduce the unphysical results of "slamming" the simulation controls. The net horizontal force on the riders is monitored in the accompanying graph in terms of "g's", that is, in terms of multiples of the rider's weight.
The Simple Circular Motion 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 jar file will run the program if Java is installed.
Last Modified October 7, 2013
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The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Simple Circular Motion Model. Unzip this archive in your Ejs workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.
Last Modified January 15, 2012