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Dynamic Trajectory Visualizer Model
written by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni
The Dynamic Trajectory Animator allows instructors to create two-dimensional single-particle Newtonian dynamics models for teaching.  Instructors set two functions, Fx(t) and Fy(t), and the model displays the position-space particle motion as well as position, velocity, and acceleration graphs and tables.  The customized simulation is then saved with associated curricular as a new jar file that can be redistributed.

The Dynamic Trajectory Animator 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_newton_TabletopProjectile.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.6 of Java (JRE).
7 supplemental documents are available
3 source code documents are available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= 2D Velocity
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Educators
- Professional/Practitioners
- Learners
- application/java
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license.
Rights Holder:
Wolfgang Christian
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Metadata instance created May 9, 2012 by Wolfgang Christian
Record Updated:
June 13, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
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when Cataloged:
May 9, 2012

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • K-2: 4F/P1. Things move in many different ways, such as straight, zigzag, round and round, back and forth, and fast and slow.
  • K-2: 4F/P2. The way to change how something is moving is to give it a push or a pull.
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 9-12: 4F/H1. The change in motion (direction or speed) of an object is proportional to the applied force and inversely proportional to the mass.

NSES Content Standards

Con.B: Physical Science
  • K-4: Position & Motion of Objects
  • 5-8: Motion & Forces
  • 9-12: Motions & Forces
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W. Christian and M. Belloni, Computer Program DYNAMIC TRAJECTORY VISUALIZER MODEL, Version 1.0 (2012), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11972&DocID=2770).
W. Christian and M. Belloni, Computer Program DYNAMIC TRAJECTORY VISUALIZER MODEL, Version 1.0 (2012), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11972&DocID=2770>.
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Christian, W., & Belloni, M. (2012). Dynamic Trajectory Visualizer Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved July 17, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11972&DocID=2770
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Christian, Wolfgang, and Mario Belloni. "Dynamic Trajectory Visualizer Model." Version 1.0. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11972&DocID=2770 (accessed 17 July 2024).
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Christian, Wolfgang, and Mario Belloni. Dynamic Trajectory Visualizer Model. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2012. Java (JRE) 1.6. 17 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11972&DocID=2770>.
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