Balancing Act

Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Contact person: 
Ariel Paul,
John Blanco,
Michael Dubson,
Trish Loeblein
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Croatian, Latvian, Basque, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Level of difficulty: 
Level of interaction: 
Booking required: 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

Play with objects on a teeter totter to learn about balance. Test what you've learned by trying the Balance Challenge game.
The primary aims of the lab are:
1) Predict how objects of various masses can be used to make a plank balance,
2) Predict how changing the positions of the masses on the plank will affect the motion of the plank.

Technical requirements: 

Hardware Compatibility

  • Desktop
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iOS (Mobile)

Browsers Compatibilty

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari
  • Opera

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