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Sliding Down an Incline Plane Model 

written by Francisco Esquembre

This interactive simulation shows a stone block lying at rest on an inclined plane. Initially, the component of gravity along the plane surface is exceeded by the force of static friction. The slope of the ramp can be increased or decreased, allowing students to see the exact point when the component of gravity equals the force of static friction. If the ramp is raised any further, the block will slide down. The coefficient of static friction is set at 0.2. As the slope is increased or decreased, students will see changing numerical values for the gravitational component, the force of static friction, and the force of kinetic friction.

See Annotations (below) for two editor-recommended interactive tutorials that take students step-by-step through exercises designed to help them form a conceptual basis for solving problems related to objects moving on an inclined plane.

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Last Modified June 12, 2014

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Last Modified September 3, 2010

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