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Ferris Wheel JS Model
written by Mario Belloni
The Ferris Wheel Javascript Model illustrates This program simulates the effect of being on a Ferris Wheel. The simulation shows a wheel that can be varied in radius from 40 m (Ferris' original wheels) to 100 m, or about 10 meters longer than the current world record. In addition, the rotational speed of the wheel can be varied from -20 m/s to 20 m/s. By selecting the checkbox, the free-body diagram can be shown.

This simulation is part of a collection of simulations related to amusement park physics. Additional simulations can be found on the OSP ComPADRE site.

The Ferris Wheel JS Model was developed using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) version 5.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run html page and requires only a browser with JavaScript support.
1 supplemental document is available
2 source code documents are available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Central Forces
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/javascript
- application/zip
- text/html
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This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No derivatives 3.0 license.
Rights Holder:
Mario Belloni
EJSS, OpenSource Physics, acceleration, circular motion, ferris wheel, javascript
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created September 2, 2013 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
July 28, 2018 by Wolfgang Christian
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when Cataloged:
September 2, 2013
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M. Belloni, Computer Program FERRIS WHEEL JS MODEL, Version 1.0 (2013), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12994&DocID=3569).
M. Belloni, Computer Program FERRIS WHEEL JS MODEL, Version 1.0 (2013), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12994&DocID=3569>.
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Belloni, M. (2013). Ferris Wheel JS Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12994&DocID=3569
Chicago Format
Belloni, Mario. "Ferris Wheel JS Model." Version 1.0. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12994&DocID=3569 (accessed 20 July 2024).
MLA Format
Belloni, Mario. Ferris Wheel JS Model. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2013. 20 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12994&DocID=3569>.
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Covers the Same Topic As Ferris Wheel Model

The Ferris Wheel JS Model is the Javascript version of the Java-based Ferris Wheel Model.

relation by Mario Belloni
Is the Basis For EJSS Circular Motion Ferris Wheel Model

Changes made by lookang include

added velocity array to be display via checkbox
added theta to show
added title
made free body diagram to show weight and contact force while resultant force is a dotted line to illustrate the difference, actually FBD only has weight and contact force
added values to aid numerical calculations
made R = the outside hub to aid association of radius of circular motion made by carriage and man and woman
made time step to allow exactly 0 , 90 , 180 , 270, 360 degrees, previously was dt =0.02

relation by wee lookang
Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool

Use the Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool to edit and to explore the source code for the Ferris Wheel JS Model.

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