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# Lessons on Circular Motion

Name Description Type
Centripetal Force vs. Centrifugal Force
This lesson examines Centripetal Force and compares it to the fictitious force, centrifugal force. Explanation & Animation
Ball-on-a-Rope Lab
This simulation is of a ball on a rope.  IT allows changed to be made in mass. velocity, and rope length and displays the proper centripetal acceleration and force.
• Download an Interactive Physics 3.0 file which simulates the same thing.
This can be used for the lab exercise in the physics work books.
Simulation Lab
(HTML5)
Motion in Horizontal Circles This lesson looks at motion in horizontal circular paths.   It focuses specifically on curves. Car on a Track Simulator.  (Shockwave, not local) Explanation & Animation
(not local)
Motion in Vertical Circles This lesson looks specifically at things moving in vertical circular paths. Roller coasters are used as examples Explanation & Animation
(not local)
Simulated Gravity
This lesson examines how centripetal force (not centrifugal) can be used to create artificial gravity. Explanation & Animation
The Sphere of Fear
This lesson exposes the physics behind riding a motorcycle inside a giant steel sphere. Explanation & Movie
(QuickTime)
Rotational Inertia Lab
(Moment of Inertia)
This interactive lab allows you to experiment with the concept of rotational inertia.
Created by Raman Pfaff.
Interactive Lab
(Shockwave)
Kepler's Laws
This lesson explains Kepler's three laws of planetary motion. Interact with Kepler experiments (Shockwave,  not-local)
Kepler's 2nd law (Java, not local)
Explanations & Animations
(HTML5)
Satellite Orbits These two lessons both examine the concept of satellite motions around a planet, or a planet around the sun. Experiment with satellites around the Earth (Shockwave,  not local)
The Satellite Site a great site for learning more about satellites. (not local)
Explanations
(not local)
Space Shuttle Orbit
This lesson which is actually the end of an earlier Motion lesson, illustrates how a space shuttle can orbit the Earth if its velocity is just right. Adjust the initial velocity of the space shuttle and see what happens. Animations & Explanation
Orbit of the Moon
This lesson addresses the idea of the Moon being in orbit around the Earth and also shows the cause of the phases of the moon. Animations & Explanations
(Shockwave)
Planetary Orbits Lab This interactive lab allows you to experiment with many aspects of planetary motion.
Created by Raman Pfaff.
Interactive Lab
(Shockwave)
Motion in a Plane Review
A collection of multiple choice questions providing immediate feedback. Multiple Choice Practice