The Ramp

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  • Force
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Explore forces, energy and work 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 acting on the file cabinet. Graphs show forces, energy and work.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Explain the motion of an object on an incline plane by drawing free body diagrams.
  • Calculate the net force on an object on an incline.
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MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer HS
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Work Energy on a Ramp Kristy Bibbey HS Lab
The Ramp Mechanical Advantage and Efficiency Tim Perry MS Lab Physics
Work - Energy Sarah Stanhope HS Lab
Forces in 1 and 2 Dimensions Sarah Stanhope HS Lab
Ramp Simulation Activity Drew Isola HS CQs
Intro to energy Leslie Trexler MS Lab
The Ramp--Conservation of Energy Chris Cochran MS Lab Physics
PREPARATORIA: Alineación de PhET con programas de la DGB México (2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López UG-Intro
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