Tour of Physlets: Example 5

Note: Simulation will run for 100 seconds.

The Molecular Dynamics Physlet package can be used to model the internal energy in a system. A heavy ball with an initial kinetic energy of 4000 J is trapped inside a box with rigid walls containing a cylinder constructed of small lightweight spheres. The vertical bar on to the right of each frame shows the kinetic energy of the ball. To the right are 80 small objects representing a solid that will be crushed and vaporized through impact with the disk.

Physlet: Molecular

Credits:
Problem by Wolfgang Christian
Script by Wolfgang Christian