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Description:

The Rotating Hoop Launcher package shows the dynamics of a mass that is constrained to move on a rotating hoop. The rotating hoop model is an excellent mechanical model of first- and second-order phase transitions. Although the minimum of the potential energy curve corresponds to the bottom of the hoop at low rotation frequency, a spontaneous symmetry breaking (cusp catastrophe) occurs as the frequency is increased. This package presents the theory, a demonstration, and an Easy Java Simulation (Ejs) of this experiment. The package was presented at the NC Section of the AAPT Spring 2008 meeting.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

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

Keywords:

Thermo & Stat Mech,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20081106020929547T,First-Order Transitions,Higher Education,Oscillations & Waves,NSDL,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Physics,Phase Transitions,Non-Linear Systems,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Oscillations,Mathematics,Rotational Dynamics,Informal Education,Technology,Classical Mechanics

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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