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Simple Circular Motion Model Documents

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Main Document

Simple Circular Motion Model 

written by Michael R. Gallis

This simulation is a simple model of a Merry-Go-Round. You can set the rotational speed and adjust the radial distance with sliders to see how these factors influence the net force on the rider. The net horizontal force is monitored in the accompanying graph in terms of g-force experienced by the rider.

See Related Materials for an interactive tutorial on circular motion, appropriate for high school and lower-level undergraduate studies.

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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Source Code Documents

Simple Circular Motion Source Code 

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