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written by Fu-Kwun Hwang
This applet demonstrates the mechanical advantage that can be achieved by a pulley. There are three systems with different numbers of pulleys connected to masses. The systems start at equilibrium and allow the user to change the masses of the blocks and observe the resultant motion.
This item is part of a large collection of physics simulations.  A discussion board monitored by the author is available for each simulation, and registered users may download the applet for offline classroom use.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
= Equilibrium
- Work and Energy
= Simple Machines
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- application/java
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© 2001 Fu-Kwun Hwang
atwood, equilibrium, pulley, simple machine, simulation, student centered
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