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Ramp: Forces and Motion
|Explore forces and motion as you push household objects up and down a ramp. Lower and raise the ramp to see how the angle of inclination affects the parallel forces. Graphs show forces, energy and work.|
Sample Learning Goals
- Predict, qualitatively, how an external force will affect the speed and direction of an object's motion.
- Explain the effects with the help of a free body diagram.
- Use free body diagrams to draw position, velocity, acceleration and force graphs and vice versa.
- Explain how the graphs relate to one another.
- Given a scenario or a graph, sketch all four graphs.
Tips for Teachers
The teacher's guide (pdf) contains tips created by the PhET team.
|Simulation compatibility by Device||Oliver Nix||Other||Other||9/29/14|
|Ramp Middle School Inquiry||Ariel Paul, Courtney Fadley||MS||Lab||1/31/12|
|Ramp: Forces and Motion Investigation||Bruce Palmquist||HS
|Ramp lab||Nathan Upchurch||HS||CQs||12/22/10|
|Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Ramp Activity 2: Calculating Net force on an incline (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||UG-Intro
|Forces Virtual Lab Ramp||Joanna MacDonald||HS
You can submit your own ideas and activities.
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OS 10.5 or later
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