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This is an interactive simulation on the topic of uniform and nonuniform circular motion. It features a ladybug rotating on a rotating platform.   Users can change the location of the ladybug, add a bug of larger mass, change the various initial kinematics quantities, display vectors and graphs of the kinematics quantities.    

This item is part of a larger and growing collection of resources developed by the Physics Education Technology project.  
SEE RELATED MATERIALS BELOW for a link to clicker questions developed by the PhET team to accompany the Ladybug Revolution simulation.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= 2D Velocity
- Rotational Dynamics
= Conservation of Angular Momentum
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2006 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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angular acceleration, angular momentum, angular velocity, circular motion, rotation, simulation
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Metadata instance created October 28, 2008 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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PhET Simulation: Ladybug Revolution, (PhET, Boulder, 2006), <>.
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PhET Simulation: Ladybug Revolution. (2008, July 21). Retrieved July 10, 2020, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Ladybug Revolution. Boulder: PhET, July 21, 2008. (accessed 10 July 2020).
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PhET Simulation: Ladybug Revolution. Boulder: PhET, 2006. 21 July 2008. 10 July 2020 <>.
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This is a set of concept (clicker) questions designed by the PhET team specifically to accompany the Ladybug Revolution simulation.

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