May 21st, 2010

Colin McGuire

A Classical Force Exchange Simulation

A classical force exchange refers to two objects that exchange a massive particle at constant speed. When the particle is “thrown” or “caught” by each object, it exerts an impulse on the object. As a result of this exchange, the objects accelerate away from each other with an apparent repulsive force. A simulation of the system was developed using Easy Java Simulations (EJS) in order to determine the distance dependence of this force as well as its dependence on other system variables. In this poster, the repulsive force, potential energy, kinetic energy, and total energy of the system will be presented.

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