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Andrew Duffy
This simulation allows students to examine the motion of an object in free fall. Download below. The user can control the initial height (0-20m), set an initial velocity from -20 to 20 m/s, and change the rate of gravitational acceleration from zero to 20 m/s/s (Earth's gravitational constant is ~9.8 m/s/s). Students can also launch the ball upward from any point on the line of motion. The free fall is displayed as a motion diagram, while graphs are simultaneously displayed showing position vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time.
See Annotations Below for an editor-recommended tutorial that further explains how graphs are used to represent free fall motion. This item was created with Easy Java Simulations (EJS), a modeling tool that allows users without formal programming experience to generate computer models and simulations. To run the simulation, simply click the Java Archive file below. Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Free Fall model. Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model… more... download 5kb .zip Published: April 25, 2010 previous versions
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The Physics Classroom: Representing Free Fall by Graphs
(Editor: Caroline Hall)
Date: 06/11/2010
The Physics Front editors recommend supplementing the Free Fall Model simulation with this interactive tutorial by Tom Henderson, developer of The Physics Classroom web site. It will help students gain insight into why the v/t and p/t graphs of free fall motion appear as they do. This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Modeling Motion We like the simplicity of this model for introducing free fall and gravitational acceleration. Students can control the initial height, set initial velocity from -20 to 20 m/s and change the gravitational constant. The free fall is displayed as a motion diagram, while graphs are simultaneously displayed showing position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time. Link to Unit:
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