This resource is a simulation-based activity relating to tension force and motion with constant acceleration. It displays a block sitting on a table, attached by string to a block hanging off the side. The string is guided over a pulley. The user can control the mass of the blocks and mass of the pulley, view data giving real-time values of speed and time, and view a changing free-body diagram through the cycle of motion. A comprehensive "Help" section provides step-by-step directions for use and detailed lessons for both beginning and intermediate instructional settings. This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


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