Energy skate park © PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder
https://phet.colorado.edu
CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Energy skate park

Interactive
Simulation:
The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy and thermal energy is visualized by means of a skateboarder riding on a track.
English, German, Spanish
Interactive (1.4 MByte)
2019-05-04
Parameters like mass and friction can be changed. The constant interconversion between potential energy and kinetic energy is made visible in bar graphs and pie charts. On the “introduction” screen, friction is left out. On the “friction” screen, conversion to thermal energy due to friction is added. Besides a parabola-shaped track, two other tracks can be selected. In a further stage, the students can build their own track for the skateboarder to ride on. Ramps, jumps, and even loops are possible.

Information and ideas:
The “Energy skate park (teacher information)” teaching methods are available for teachers on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung.
Simulation
Physics; Technology
Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Chart; Energy; Friction
Media portal of the Siemens Stiftung
PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder
https://phet.colorado.edu
© PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder
https://phet.colorado.edu