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In this simulation, students push common items of varying masses up an incline to explore the relationship of applied force, work, and energy. They control the angle of the ramp, friction, and amount of applied force. With a mouse click, they can also view detailed graphs of work and energy. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: What is Energy?
This is a good simulation to complement a lesson on work and energy. As students move objects of varying mass up an incline, they can adjust the angle of the ramp, friction, and applied force. Can be modified to meet curriculum of grades 5-12.Link to Unit:
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp:
Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline
Clicker questions developed specifically to accompany the PhET simulation "The Ramp".relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Student Extra Of Physics Classroom: Analysis of Situations Involving External Forces
Is a Student Extra Of The Physics Classroom: Definition and Mathematics of Work
Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Analysis of Situations Involving External Forces
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