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written by Tom Henderson
This editor-recommended interactive tutorial from The Physics Classroom introduces the concept of acceleration of gravity. It is the second of a five-part segment that explains free fall motion and how free fall is represented by graphs. Students will be engaged by the simple language, informative graphics, and interactive widgets.
Editor's Note: This tutorial was developed for high school physics, but also serves well as content support for K-8 teachers. Don't miss the Gravitational Fields widget, which calculates the value of "g" at different locations on Earth. Why is the gravitational pull a little greater in Cincinnati than in Denver?
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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P/T graph, Position vs. Time, V/T graph, Velocity vs. Time, constant acceleration, free fall, gravitation, gravitational field, gravity, position graph, tutorial, velocity graph
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4B. The Earth
• 6-8: 4B/M3. Everything on or anywhere near the earth is pulled toward the earth's center by gravitational force.
4F. Motion
• 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
• 9-12: 4F/H1. The change in motion (direction or speed) of an object is proportional to the applied force and inversely proportional to the mass.
4G. Forces of Nature
• 9-12: 4G/H1. Gravitational force is an attraction between masses. The strength of the force is proportional to the masses and weakens rapidly with increasing distance between them.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
• 9-12: 9B/H5. When a relationship is represented in symbols, numbers can be substituted for all but one of the symbols and the possible value of the remaining symbol computed. Sometimes the relationship may be satisfied by one value, sometimes by more than one, and sometimes not at all.
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Has Teaching Guide Free Fall Model

This EJS simulation from Open Source Physics (OSP) will help students understand the many representations of free fall.

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