# Copy of Moving Man PhET Lab ```Name ___________________________________________ Period _____ Date ____________________
Motion Simulation: The Moving Man
Through a web browser, navigate to ​http://phet.colorado.edu​. Click
&quot;Play with Sims,&quot; then &quot;Physics,&quot; then &quot;Motion,&quot; then choose the
&quot;Moving Man&quot; simulation. Click &quot;Run now&quot; to start the simulation.
Object of the simulation
To explore position and velocity graphs of an object moving in different
ways.
Familiarization
There are two tabs for this simulation, called &quot;Introduction&quot; and &quot;Charts.&quot;
For today's activity, you will need only the &quot;Introduction&quot; tab.
Play with the controls of the simulation to get used to the controls. Can you find...
❑ two ways to move the man around?
❑ how to make the man move automatically?
❑ how to record and playback the man's motion?
❑ how to playback the man's motion in slow motion?
❑ how to quickly reset the man to starting conditions?
Constant Velocity
1. Reset all of the man's values to zero.
2. Using the position slider, set the man to stand near the tree. Give him a velocity of 1.2 m/s (and
an acceleration of 0).
3. Click ​​ to start the man in motion until he hits the wall, then hit ​​to stop recording.
4. Use the playback feature to answer these questions.
a. What happened to the blue position slider as the man moved across the screen?
It moved slowly right with the man
b. What happened to the red velocity slider as the man moved across the screen?
it stayed the same at 0
Name ___________________________________________ Period _____ Date ____________________
5. Use the playback feature to record the man's position and velocity data.
Time (s)
0.0
1.0
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Position (m)
-10
-8.75
-7.60
-6.35
-5.20
-4.05
-2.75
-1.6
-.40
.75
2
Velocity (m/s)
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
*after I made my graph I rechecked the simulation and realized i did everything wrong, but i didn’t want
to make a whole new graph because I made that one with ink so these are the correct numbers
but the graph is wrong
6. Plot your data in the graphs below:
a. What shape is your position graph?
a straight diagonal line
b. What is the slope of your position graph?
1.2
It makes sense because looking at the graph and the dude the velocity was 1.2
d. What shape is your velocity graph? Is it horizontal, vertical, or diagonal?
Name ___________________________________________ Period _____ Date ____________________
my velocity is horizontal
it makes sense because the velocity stays the same the entire simulation
Constant Acceleration
1. Reset all of the man's values to zero.
2. Using the position slider, set the man to stand near the tree. Give him a velocity of 0 m/s and an
acceleration of 0.5 m/s​2​.
3. Click ​​ to start the man in motion until he hits the wall, then hit ​​to stop recording.
4. Use the playback feature to answer these questions.
a. What happened to the blue position slider as the man moved across the screen?
it sped up as it moved forward, increasing, with the man
b. What happened to the red velocity slider as the man moved across the screen?
it moved forward at a constant rate
5. Use the playback feature to record the man's position and velocity data.
Time (s)
0.0
1.0
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Position (m)
-8
-7.8
-7
-5.8
-4
-1.8
1
4.3
8
10
10
Velocity (m/s)
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
0
0
Name ___________________________________________ Period _____ Date ____________________
6. Plot your data in the graphs below:
Name ___________________________________________ Period _____ Date ____________________
a. What shape is your position graph?
an almost perfect upward angle, it gets steeper towards the middle and then flattens at
the top
It doesn’t make sense because watching the man looks like he keeps a steady increase
but the data says he doesn;t and i don't know what causes this
(​I feel like I did this graph wrong, if you kno why be sure to leave a comment explaining it​)
c. What shape is your velocity graph?
a perfect angle until the last two points which are at zero
this makes sense because the man is accelerating so he goes faster over a period of time
e. What is the slope of your velocity graph?
the slope is 0.5
f. What does the slope of the velocity graph represent?
the slope of the graph represents acceleration
Making Connections
1. What happens to the man when he is accelerating?
his velocity increases constantly
2. What is the difference between an object with constant acceleration and an object with
constant speed?
an object with constant acceleration continues going faster an object with a constant speed
does not speed up or slow down.
3. Complete the following sentences:
a. &quot;The slope of a linear position graph tells us the ____________the speed_____________ of
the object.&quot;
b. &quot;The slope of a linear velocity graph tells us the ____________acceleration______ of the
object.&quot;
c. &quot;For an object moving at a constant speed, we would expect to see a position graph with a
_____________straight line______ shape and a velocity graph with a
____________horozontal line_______ shape.&quot;
d. &quot;For an object moving at a constant acceleration, we would expect to see a position graph
with a ___________curved________ shape and a velocity graph with a ________straight
___________ shape.&quot;
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