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This interactive simulation allows students to explore energy concepts by studying the motion of a skateboarder. The user can design ramps, jumps, and arbitrarily shaped tracks and observe the subsequent motion.  The mass of the skateboarder, gravitational constant, and friction of the track can all be modified. A measuring tape is available for making measurements of height and distance. The relationships between kinetic, potential, thermal, and total energy are illustrated by simultaneous graphs of energy vs. time and energy vs. position.

This item is part of a larger collection of interactive simulations  developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5.0 of Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Gravity
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Position & Displacement
- Work and Energy
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
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Access Rights: Free access
License: This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Additional information is available.
Rights Holder: University of Colorado at Boulder
Keywords: GPE, KE, PE, conservation of energy, friction, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, potential energy, work
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created October 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Dec 28, 2017 by Caroline Hall
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March 3, 2006
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AIP Format
(PhET, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park).
AJP/PRST-PER
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park - Original Version, (PhET, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park - Original Version. (2006, March 3). Retrieved December 11, 2019, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park - Original Version. Boulder: PhET, March 3, 2006. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park (accessed 11 December 2019).
MLA Format
PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park - Original Version. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 11 Dec. 2019 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park - Original Version}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2019}, Number = {11 December 2019}, Month = {March 3, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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