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This resource for introductory physics consists of a lesson plan with an accompanying java simulation on Potential Energy.  The lesson plan provides details on how to use the simulation to test whether energy is conserved in free-falling objects.  Users set parameters for total energy, mass of the object, and EAS (energy absorbed by the surface).  The simulation may be paused or "stepped" at intervals to allow users to read data more easily.  This item is part of a larger collection of virtual laboratories for physics, astronomy, and environmental science.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
= Non-Conservative Forces
= Work
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- New teachers
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© 1994 University of Oregon
Energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, simulation
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Metadata instance created December 3, 2007 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

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

Students learn about the relationship between potential and kinetic energy in this Java simulation, accompanied by a full lesson plan. It was designed to provide a simple way to test whether energy is conserved in free-falling objects.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy

This activity and accompanying lesson plan was developed to help beginning physics students get a feel for energy conservation as they play with a simulated free-falling ball.  Values for mass, total energy, and absorbed energy can be changed.

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G. Bothun, (1994), WWW Document, (http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/index.html).
G. Bothun, Virtual Laboratory: Potential Energy (1994), <http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/index.html>.
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Bothun, G. (2006, November 6). Virtual Laboratory: Potential Energy. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/index.html
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Bothun, Gregory. Virtual Laboratory: Potential Energy. November 6, 2006. http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/index.html (accessed 23 April 2014).
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Bothun, Gregory. Virtual Laboratory: Potential Energy. 1994. 6 Nov. 2006. 23 Apr. 2014 <http://jersey.uoregon.edu/vlab/PotentialEnergy/index.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gregory Bothun", Title = {Virtual Laboratory: Potential Energy}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {23 April 2014}, Month = {November 6, 2006}, Year = {1994} }
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Covers the Same Topic As Ejs Free Fall Cartesian Model

To extend learning, this Open Source Physics (OSP) model provides a platform for students to use the Easy Java Simulation tool to model their own version of a bouncing ball. Gravity can be set at any value from zero to 20, but the physics needs to be right in order for the model to work properly.

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