Editor selections by Topic and Unit

The Physics Front is a free service provided by the AAPT in partnership with the NSF/NSDL.

Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model Documents

This material has 2 associated documents. Select a document title to view a document's information.

Main Document

Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model 

written by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni

This simulation displays a rocket car on an inclined plane, which can be set to bounce (elastic collision) when the car reaches the bottom. Use the slider to introduce a positive or negative thrust (up to 4N) and watch the effects on the motion of the car. In addition the car can be dragged to its initial position. An introduction to the simulation is provided, along with questions for both beginners and advanced students.

See Annotations (below) for two editor-recommended tutorials that will help students with both the basic and advanced exercises contained in this model.  

This item was created with Easy Java Simulations (EJS), a modeling tool that allows users without formal programming experience to generate computer models and simulations. To run the simulation, simply click the Java Archive file below. To modify or customize the model, See Related Materials for detailed instructions on installing and running the EJS Modeling and Authoring Tool.

Published October 28, 2008
Last Modified June 12, 2014

This file has previous versions.

Source Code Documents

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.

Published October 29, 2008
Last Modified October 28, 2008