Two-Dimensional Motion Simulator

The Two-Dimensional Motion Simulator allows a learner to study the motion of an object in two dimensions. The interface allows one to manipulate motion parameters (position, velocity, and acceleration) for both the x- and the y-dimensions. The effect or non-effect of a paramenter upon the motion in a particular direction can be explored. A second object can be placed in the animation space and the same set of parameters can be manipulated. Once a learner has gained confidence in how these three parameters are related, it's time to try the Challenges. Start with the easy levels and continue to progress through the moderate to the difficult challenge levels.

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Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore the relationships. Be sure to try the Challenges!

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.

We owe a special thanks to Physics teacher Martin Kirby for contributing the Two-Dimensional Motion Simulator to our Interactives collection. Martin has contributed many other simulations to our Interactives collection. You can view them all by visiting our page listing all Martin Kirby Simulations. Or visit Martin's website ( to learn more.