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written by Andrew Duffy
This web page is an interactive physics simulation relating to static friction in a spinning cylinder.  It simulates an old amusement park ride called "Gravitron".  Riders lined the interior wall of a large cylinder that starts to spin.  When the rotational speed is sufficient, the floor drops away and the riders stay "pinned" to the wall.  A Frictional Force vs. Time graph is plotted simultaneously with the animation of the Gravitron, allowing users to see what happens to the static force of friction as the angular velocity decreases.  This item is part of a collection of similar simulation-based activities developed for students of introductory physics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Central Forces
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2002 Andrew Duffy, Boston University
Keywords:
Newton's Second Law, acceleration, angular velocity, circular motion, free-body diagram, friction, frictional force, graph, simulation
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Metadata instance created April 23, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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July 31, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
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A. Duffy, (2002), WWW Document, (http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c7_rotor.html).
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A. Duffy, Boston University Physics Applets: The Gravitron, (2002), <http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c7_rotor.html>.
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Duffy, A. (2008, March 28). Boston University Physics Applets: The Gravitron. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c7_rotor.html
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Duffy, Andrew. Boston University Physics Applets: The Gravitron. March 28, 2008. http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c7_rotor.html (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Duffy, Andrew. Boston University Physics Applets: The Gravitron. 2002. 28 Mar. 2008. 18 Dec. 2017 <http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c7_rotor.html>.
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Is Part Of First Semester Introductory Physics Simulations

This is the full index of interactive Java simulations by the same author on Classical Mechanics.  This particular collection is devoted to topics typically covered in a first semester introductory physics class.

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