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Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, Physics
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, PheT, University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, PhET Interactive Simulations, PhET Interactive Simulations
Upper Primary, Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, Career / Technical, Adult Education
Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
English, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Instructional Material, Interactive, Simulations
Media Format:
Interactive, Text/HTML
Technical requirements:
Flash, JAVA, Java
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository Abstract:

Students explore conservation of energy by building ramps, jumps, and tracks for a skateboarder. The relationship of kinetic and potential energy becomes clear through charts of energy vs. time and energy vs. position. The skater can be transported to different planets to illustrate the effects of changing the gravitational constant. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). The simulations are animated, interactive, and game-like environments.

PheT Abstract:

Learn about conservation of energy with a skater dude! Build tracks, ramps and jumps for the skater and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as he moves. You can also take the skater to different planets or even space!


posted | on Aug 23, 08:02pm

PhET interactive simulations all offer visuals that will help your students to better understand various scientific concepts, such as potential + kinetic energy.

This one includes the following features:
Path, Energy Graphs (pie chart, bar graph, thermal, energy vs. position/time), Location (Space, Moon, Earth, Jupiter), Friction, and more!

HCPS III SC.6.6.3 Explain how energy can change forms and is conserved