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This collection by features interactive Shockwave activities that simulate a variety of physical situations. Students manipulate variables and observe the outcome on the physical system being modeled. Topics include graphing motion, free body diagrams, projectile motion, uniform circular motion, gravitation, orbital motion, time dilation, wave patterns, light refraction, lenses, and more.

This resource is part of The Physics Classroom web site, a growing collection of resources for teachers and learners of introductory physics.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
- Motion in One Dimension
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Newton's Second Law
General Physics
- Collections
= Introductory Mechanics
- Color
- Diffraction
- Geometrical Optics
= Refraction - Flat Surfaces
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Beats
= Standing Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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© 2011 Tom Henderson
FBD, free body diagrams, graphing activities, interactive FBD, interactive animations, interactive free-body diagrams, interactive graphing, motion animations, projectile simulator, race track simulator, relative velocity simulation
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Metadata instance created April 18, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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August 3, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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February 28, 2011
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T. Henderson, (2011), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave).
T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Shockwave Physics Studios, (2011), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave>.
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Henderson, T. (2011, February 28). The Physics Classroom: Shockwave Physics Studios. Retrieved February 20, 2017, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Shockwave Physics Studios. February 28, 2011. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave (accessed 20 February 2017).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Shockwave Physics Studios. 2011. 28 Feb. 2011. 20 Feb. 2017 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/shwave>.
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