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In this simulation, students push common items of varying masses up an incline to explore the relationship of applied force, work, and energy.  They control the angle of the ramp, friction, and amount of applied force.  With a mouse click, they can also view detailed graphs of work and energy.  This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments.
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
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applied force, conservation of energy, energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, work
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Metadata instance created October 5, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: What is Energy?

This is a good simulation to complement a lesson on work and energy.  As students move objects of varying mass up an incline, they can adjust the angle of the ramp, friction, and applied force.  Can be modified to meet curriculum of grades 5-12.

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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp).
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp>.
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. (2006, March 3). Retrieved June 25, 2017, from Physics Education Technology Project: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, March 3, 2006. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp (accessed 25 June 2017).
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PhET Simulation: The Ramp. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 25 June 2017 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/the-ramp>.
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### PhET Simulation: The Ramp:

Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline

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