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In this PhET simulation, you can investigate how a teeter-totter balances, by moving objects of different masses to various positions. Can you make the teeter-totter balance?

This is one of a large number of physics simulations produced at the University of Colorado in the PhET project.
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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
= Equilibrium
- Informal Education
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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Access Rights: Free access
License: This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. All use requires attribution.
Rights Holder: University of Colorado, 2018
Keywords: Torque, lever arm, torque
Record Creator: Metadata instance created April 24, 2012 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Sep 01, 2018 by Caroline Hall
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May 26, 2015
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Forces and Motion (PS2.A)
  • The motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion. For any given object, a larger force causes a larger change in motion. (6-8)

Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Cause and Effect (K-12)
  • Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems. (6-8)
  • Systems can be designed to cause a desired effect. (9-12)
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (3-12)
  • Proportional relationships (e.g. speed as the ratio of distance traveled to time taken) among different types of quantities provide information about the magnitude of properties and processes. (6-8)
  • Algebraic thinking is used to examine scientific data and predict the effect of a change in one variable on another (e.g., linear growth vs. exponential growth). (9-12)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (K-12)

Developing and Using Models (K-12)
  • Modeling in 9–12 builds on K–8 and progresses to using, synthesizing, and developing models to predict and show relationships among variables between systems and their components in the natural and designed worlds. (9-12)
    • Use a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or between components of a system. (9-12)
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