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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: September 3, 2010
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Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Wooden Block (Editor: Caroline Hall)
The Physics Front editors recommend this interactive tutorial to help students form a conceptual basis to understand the forces acting on a block sliding down an inclined plane. A Socratic-dialog "help" sequence takes students through each step of the problem, from concept-building to a strategic analysis that includes free-body diagrams. It concludes with a quantitative section to help students independently set up equations to solve the problem.
The Physics Classroom: Inclined Planes (Editor: Caroline Hall)
This editor-recommended tutorial offers extensive content support in how to determine the net force acting on an object on an inclined plane. Abundant use of free-body diagrams will help students visualize situations in which friction is zero and where frictional force must be considered. Seven practice problems offer the opportunity to self-test understanding.
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Covers the Same Topic As http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/vectors/U3l3e.cfm
This interactive tutorial from The Physics Classroom collection offers extensive content support on how to determine the net force acting on an object on an inclined plane. It includes problems in which friction is present. Abundant use of free-body diagrams helps with visualization.relation by Caroline Hall
Same topic as Sliding Down an Inclined Plane Model
A simpler version of the Inclined Plane model -- frictional force is removed.relation by Caroline Hall
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