TY: JOUR
T1 - Playing Newtonian Games with Modellus
A1 - Teodoro, Vitor Duarte
N2 - This article is a short introduction on how to use Modellus (a computer package that is freely available on the Internet and used in the IOP Advancing Physics course) to build physics games using Newton?s laws, expressed as differential equations. Solving systems of differential equations is beyond most secondary-school or first-year college students. However, with Modellus, the solution is simply the output of the usual physical reasoning: define the force law, compute its magnitude and components, use it to obtain the acceleration components, then the velocity components and, finally, use the velocity components to find the coordinates.
UR - http://run.unl.pt/handle/10362/2350
Y1 - 2004
PB - Physics Education