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This Java applet simulates two particles moving and colliding in one dimension.  The collision is elastic and is shown as being caused by a virtual spring.  The user can change the starting velocities of the two particles and the spring constant of the virtual spring.  The applet also graphs the momentum and kinetic energy of the two particles as they move.  It is part of a larger collection of Java simulations for beginning through advanced physics.

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Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
- Motion in One Dimension
- Work and Energy
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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Fu-Kwun Hwang
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Keywords:
conservation, elastic collision, kinetic energy, momentum
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created June 28, 2006 by Jason Garman
Record Updated:
December 31, 2010 by Bruce Mason
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June 7, 2005
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Topic: Impulse and Momentum
Unit Title: Collisions

This simulation is a good starting point for learning about collision, as students observe two particles move and collide in one dimension.  The collision is elastic -- caused by a virtual spring.  Students can set starting velocities and spring constant, then view graphs of momentum and kinetic energy alongside the simulation. Editor's Note In the middle school classroom, this item could also serve well as a teacher-led demonstration, with students predicting the motion and graph changes as velocity and spring constant are changed.

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Topic: Impulse and Momentum
Unit Title: Collisions

This simulation is a good starting point for learning about collision, as students observe two particles move and collide in one dimension.  The collision is elastic -- caused by a virtual spring.  Students can set starting velocities and spring constant, then view graphs of momentum and kinetic energy alongside the simulation. Editor's Note In the middle school classroom, this item could also serve well as a teacher-led demonstration, with students predicting the motion and graph changes as velocity and spring constant are changed.

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AIP Format
F. Hwang, (2005), WWW Document, (http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=193.0).
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F. Hwang, NTNU Java: Simulate 1D Collision with a Virtual Spring, (2005), <http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=193.0>.
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Hwang, F. (2005, June 7). NTNU Java: Simulate 1D Collision with a Virtual Spring. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=193.0
Chicago Format
Hwang, Fu-Kwun. NTNU Java: Simulate 1D Collision with a Virtual Spring. June 7, 2005. http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=193.0 (accessed 28 November 2014).
MLA Format
Hwang, Fu-Kwun. NTNU Java: Simulate 1D Collision with a Virtual Spring. 2005. 7 June 2005. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=193.0>.
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@misc{ Author = "Fu-Kwun Hwang", Title = {NTNU Java: Simulate 1D Collision with a Virtual Spring}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {28 November 2014}, Month = {June 7, 2005}, Year = {2005} }
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