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This simulation demonstrates the concept of centripetal force through a simplified carousel consisting of masses on the... see more

This site contains an extensive set of notes on basic topics in physics. There are extensive illustrations and animations... see more

A complete set of simulations for a first semester college physics class.

An electronic laboratory manual for introductory physics consisting of videos (on principles and laboratory procedure) in... see more

A group of simulations involving 1 and 2 dimensional linear motion, periodic motion, projectile motion, simple harmonic... see more

A collection of over 140 videos of Physics Demonstrations covering a wide variety of topics, from mechanics to atomic.... see more

Lesson plan for teaching basic science concepts with the use of the yo-yo. Lesson plan opens as a .pdf file.

This applet shows the applied force necessary to balance a lever with a mass at one end. The pivot point of the lever,... see more

Allows the user to vary the coefficient of friction, angular speed, and linear velocity of a wheel.

In this animation, students must figure out what happens to a bicycle wheel hanging from a rope at the end of its axle,... see more

This applet simulates the magnitude and direction of the angular momentum vector for a rotating system. Color–coded... see more

This applet allows users to perform a virtual experiment of balancing long vertical stick with a mass at the end. The... see more

Applet shows the path of a particle under the influence of inverse square central force. The force can be attractive or... see more

Demonstrates circular and translational motion of a point when initial conditions (such as the initial velocities and... see more

A tutorial on circular motion, with hyperlinks to subtopics, including animations.

Demonstrates how linear and rotation of an object are related.

Demonstrates relationship between velocity, acceleration, displacement (etc.) of a free rolling disk.

This applet shows a symmetric lever with some mass pieces each of which has a weight of 1.0 N. The lever arms can be read... see more

Users can place a variety of masses on a horizontal rotating platform that is being accelerated by a hanging mass (which... see more

A self-graded quiz on basic kinematics and dynamics (including rotational dynamics) from the first semester of an... see more

Web assignment on the relationship between rolling and slipping. Uses an embedded Java applet by B. Surendranath Reddy... see more

Web assignment on the relationship between rolling and slipping. Uses an embedded Java applet by Angel Franco Garcia for... see more

Web assignment on the relationship between the moment-of-inertia of an Atwood machine pulley and the motion of the... see more