The Story of
the Automaton


Putting It In Motion...

For Teachers


For Students

For Reference

Maillardet's Automaton

On-Line Activities

UNDERSTANDING MOTION ACTIVITIES

Design a Roller Coaster

Try your hand at designing your own roller coaster. You will be building a conceptual coaster using the physics concepts that are used to design real coasters. You won't need to compute any formulas.When you're done, your coaster will need to pass an inspection for both safety and fun.

Newton's Cradle Interactive

This neat interactive java applet simulates a well known experiment which demonstrates the conservation of momentum and energy.

 

SIMPLE MACHINES ACTIVITIES

The Case of the Balancing Frogs

Try balancing these frogs by placing a frog with the correct weight in the correct position on the see saw.

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Pick the Bits

Try your skills at working out where the load, fulcrum and effort are on the common levers in this game.

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Clunky Cogs

Gears are wheels with teeth that mesh together to transfer movement. In a system of gears, small gears turn fast and large gears turn slower. when gears are meshed together, they turn in opposite directions.Play this game to see how gears move when meshed together.

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