Forces and Motion: Basics

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Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Contact person: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Croatian, Latvian, Basque, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
Medium
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

Explore the forces at work when pulling against a cart,and pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects.

Aims of the lab:

- Identify when forces are balanced vs unbalanced.
- Determine the sum of forces (net force) on an object with more than one force on it.
- Predict the motion of an object with zero net force.
- Predict the direction of motion given a combination of forces.
Subject domain: 

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