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In this simulation, students push common items of varying masses up an incline to explore the relationship of applied force, work, and energy.  They control the angle of the ramp, friction, and amount of applied force.  With a mouse click, they can also view detailed graphs of work and energy.  This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments.
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
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- AP Physics
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applied force, conservation of energy, energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, work
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Metadata instance created October 5, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: What is Energy?

This interactive offers a host of tools to explore the relationships among force, work, and energy. You can control ramp angle, friction, and magnitude of force. Choose from different objects to run up the ramp: a box, a dog, a piano, and more. As students move objects of varying mass up an incline, they can adjust the angle of the ramp, friction, and applied force.  Can be modified to meet curriculum of grades 5-12. Note: Resource requires Java

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(PhET, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp).
PhET Simulation: The Ramp (PhET, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp>.
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. (2006, March 3). Retrieved June 23, 2024, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp
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PhET. PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: PhET, March 3, 2006. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp (accessed 23 June 2024).
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 23 June 2024 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: The Ramp}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {23 June 2024}, Month = {March 3, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp:

Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline

Clicker questions developed specifically to accompany the PhET simulation "The Ramp".

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