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written by James Bromley
Toss a construction made with simulated masses and flexible rods to see what happens. Find the effect of gravity by toggling it on and off. See if the rods are in tension or compression. Store and release energy. Have fun and learn.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- General
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- application/java
- image/gif
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Restriction: © 2004 James Bromley
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Keywords: atoms, rods
Record Creator: Metadata instance created August 6, 2004 by Stephanie Tchatchoua
Record Updated: Jun 03, 2005 by Ed Lee
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Real Time 3D Physics Applet (Editor: Bromley Limited Electronic Design)
Date: 06/03/2005
Date Description: xx

Real Time 3D Physics enables the visitor play with an on-screen construction of masses and elastic rods and see a lot of physics at work at the same time. Pressing the "p" key lets the cursor pick up the construction, toss it around, let it swing like a pendulum, and watch what happens as it hits the ground. To investigate something less complex, there is also a system of two masses connected by a rod.

One of the most interesting features is the color code that shows if the rods are in compression or tension. As the construction swings, or as it hits the ground, the colors change with the forces on the masses.  

Gravity can be toggled on and off, and it's fun to do this with the two constructions on the ground and see what happens.

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