Work and Energy
It's All Uphill
What would require the most work and energy: driving a car up a gently-sloped hill or driving a car up a steep hill to the same summit? Find out the answer with the It's All Uphill Interactive.
How does the speed of a car affect the distance reqired for it to skid to a stop? If a car is going twice the speed, does it take twice the distance to stop? Find out the answers to these questions with this Interactive. And beware ... you might be surprised to find out what the answer is.
Roller Coaster Model
Chart That Motion
Up. Down. Spin around. Amidst all the rising, falling and turning of a roller coaster ride is heaps of physics. The Roller Coaster Model allows a learner to explore some of this physics. Whether it is the first drop, a loop, or a collection of dips and hills, you will be able to study it all with this Interactive. Use three pre-designed tracks or design your own. Let the car roll and watch as energy changes form and force, accceleration, and velocity vectors change their size and direction. Explore on your own or use The Physics Classroom's ready-to-use exercise.
Work-energy bar charts are a common tool used in many physics courses. They are a conceptual tool that illustrates what is happening to the total amount of energy possessed by an object. Changes (or lack of changes) in the amount of energy and the form of energy are visually displayed by these charts. Improve your skill of constructing work-energy bar charts with this Interactive.