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This simulation is a simple model of rides like an amusement park Merry-Go-Round. The rotational speed and radial distance are controlled with sliders at the bottom of the applet, while net horizontal force on the riders is monitored in the accompanying graph in terms of g-force experienced by riders. The 3D formatting allows viewing from a variety of vantage points. Students discover how rotational speed and radial distance interact to create a more thrilling ride. Don't miss the page link to "Physiological impact of g-forces". Students will learn that setting the speed and radial distance at the highest points will result in g-forces that exceed space shuttle re-entry and fighter jets at high speed. See Related Materials for an interactive tutorial on circular motion, appropriate for high school and lower-level undergraduate studies. The Simple Circular Motion Model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the jar file will run the program if Java is installed.
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