Motion of a stone thrown vertically upwards
In Kinematics, students will learn to use the kinematics equations to solve the motion of a stone being thrown vertically upwards without air resistance. In this simulation, students can visualise the effect of throwing a stone vertically upwards with and without air resistance and the corresponding graphical plots of displacement-time, velocity-time and acceleration-time during the motion. The user can modify the initial upward velocity and simulate the effect of different air drag coefficients on the motion of the stone.
For a particular initial vertical speed, how does air resistance affect the maximum height of the stone? How does air resistance affect the time duration of the rising and falling motion to its original position? For motion of the stone with air resistance, at which point does the acceleration of the stone corresponds to the free fall acceleration?