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Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model
Francisco Esquembre, and
The Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model displays a car on an inclined plane. When the car reaches the bottom of the incline, it can be set to bounce (elastic collision) with the stop attached to the bottom of the incline. The car consists of the car body, two rotating front wheels, and two rotating rear wheels. The incline angle (in radians) can be changed via a textbox and the rocket's thrust can be changed via a slider. In addition the car can be dragged to its initial position. An introduction to the simulation and questions for students are included. You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.
Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane 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 ejs_mech_newton_RocketCarOnInclinedPlane.jar file will run the program if Java is installed. Ejs is a part of the Open Source Physics Project and is designed to make it easier to access, modify, and generate computer models. Additional Ejs models for classical mechanics are available. They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Ejs.
Please note that this resource requires
at least version 1.5 of
Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model Source Code
The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model. Unzip this archive in your Ejs workspace to compile and run this model using Ejs. download 62kb .zip
Published: October 29, 2008
6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)
4. THE PHYSICAL SETTING
4F (3-5) #1. Changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces. The greater the force is, the greater the change in motion will be. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have.
11. COMMON THEMES
11B (9-12) #1. The basic idea of mathematical modeling is to find a mathematical relationship that behaves in the same ways as the objects or processes under investigation. A mathematical model may give insight about how something really works or may fit observations very well without any intuitive meaning.
W. Christian, F. Esquembre, and M. Belloni, Computer Program ROCKET CAR ON AN INCLINED PLANE MODEL, Version 1.0 (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881).
Christian, W., Esquembre, F., & Belloni, M. (2008). Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved June 27, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881
Christian, Wolfgang, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni. Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2008. Java (JRE) 1.5. 27 June 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881>.
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