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In this simulation, students push common items of varying masses up an incline to explore the relationship of applied force, work, and energy.  They control the angle of the ramp, friction, and amount of applied force.  With a mouse click, they can also view detailed graphs of work and energy.  This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Work and Energy
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
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Restriction: © 2005 University of Colorado at Boulder
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Keywords: applied force, conservation of energy, energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, work
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created October 5, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Aug 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. (2006, March 3). Retrieved July 15, 2024, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: PhET, March 3, 2006. (accessed 15 July 2024).
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 15 July 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: The Ramp}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {15 July 2024}, Month = {March 3, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp:

Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline

Clicker questions developed specifically to accompany the PhET simulation "The Ramp".

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