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Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model
written by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni
The Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model displays a car on an inclined plane.  When the car reaches the bottom of the incline, it can be set to bounce (elastic collision) with the stop attached to the bottom of the incline.  The car consists of the car body, two rotating front wheels, and two rotating rear wheels.  The incline angle (in radians) can be changed via a textbox and the rocket's thrust can be changed via a slider.   In addition the car can be dragged to its initial position.  You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.  

Ejs Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (Ejs) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the ejs_mech_newton_RocketCarOnInclinedPlane.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.  Ejs is a part of the Open Source Physics Project and is designed to make it easier to access, modify, and generate computer models.  Additional Ejs models for classical mechanics are available.  They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Ejs.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
1 source code document is available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Rotational Dynamics
= Moment of Inertia
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Simulation
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license. Additional information is available.
Rights Holder:
Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni
EJS, Easy Java Simulations, OSP, Open Source Physics, car, incline, rocket, rotation, translation
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created October 28, 2008 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
June 12, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
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October 28, 2008
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a remixed of this original simulation by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni

Author: lookang
Posted: June 13, 2011 at 10:40PM

thanks for OSP and EJS!

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)


F. Motion
  • 4F (3-5) #1.  Changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces. The greater the force is, the greater the change in motion will be. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have.


B. Models
  • 11B (9-12) #1.  The basic idea of mathematical modeling is to find a mathematical relationship that behaves in the same ways as the objects or processes under investigation. A mathematical model may give insight about how something really works or may fit observations very well without any intuitive meaning.
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W. Christian, F. Esquembre, and M. Belloni, Computer Program ROCKET CAR ON AN INCLINED PLANE MODEL, Version 1.0 (2008), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881).
W. Christian, F. Esquembre, and M. Belloni, Computer Program ROCKET CAR ON AN INCLINED PLANE MODEL, Version 1.0 (2008), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881>.
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Christian, W., Esquembre, F., & Belloni, M. (2008). Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881
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Christian, W, F. Esquembre, and M. Belloni. "Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model." Version 1.0. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Christian, Wolfgang, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni. Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2008. Java (JRE) 1.5. 21 May 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8243&DocID=881>.
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Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model:

Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Inclined Planes
Is the Basis For Ejs Open Source Multi Objects (Car,Ball,Shell,Disc) rolling down inclined plane

re-purposed for a rolling solid ball, a shell, and a disc and additional features of adjustable bumpers and control of variables for promoting student centered active learning.
list the changes made.

to publicize about the simulation.

relation by wee lookang

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