«Science» Virtual Laboratory

Atwood Machine

The Virtual Laboratory is a three-dimensional interactive virtual environment for studying and researching uniform and uniformly accelerated motion, as well as Newton’s second law, using a virtual «Atwood Machine» setup.

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The «Atwood Machine» Virtual Laboratory allows exploration of uniformly accelerated motion of a system of bodies, consisting of two weights connected by a thread and a fixed pulley. The Atwood Machine – a stand-mounted device – is an expensive and rare setup. Typically, the study of such motion takes place in schools only «on paper».

The application will allow you to conduct a series of experiments. For them, options for equipment are provided that are not found in real laboratories. For example, an extended set of overload weights for the setup.

  • Adjust the position of brackets on the device to change the segments of the path traversed by the system of bodies.

  • A stopwatch will divide the motion time into two segments: with overload and without it.

  • Determine the mass of unknown overloads.

The «Science» Virtual Laboratory, section «Atwood Machine» is:

  • The «Atwood Machine» - an «ideal» virtual laboratory device for studying translational motion with constant acceleration, as conceived by the English physicist and mathematician George Atwood.

  • The «Ideal Atwood Machine» has the following design: an inextensible and weightless thread is thrown over a weightless pulley, in the axis of which there is no friction, secured at a certain height above the table, to the ends of which two bodies with different masses are tied. When the masses of the bodies are equal, the system is in a state of equilibrium regardless of the position of the weights. If the masses of the bodies are not equal, the entire system of bodies comes into translational motion.

  • The opportunity to form students' understanding and knowledge of uniform and uniformly accelerated motion, as well as Newton's second law, record the obtained results in a laboratory journal, and formulate conclusions based on the obtained data.

  • The ability to conduct experiments or laboratory work using a virtual ``Atwood Machine``, accurately modeling the real device, without the need to purchase expensive equipment.

The «Science» Virtual Laboratory, section «Atwood Machine»

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