The applet The Moving Man enables students to experiment and learn about motion, position, velocity and acceleration. The movements of the man are plotted in charts.
- Move the little man back and forth with the mouse and plot his motion.
- Set the position, velocity, and/or acceleration and let the simulation move the man for you.
- Interpret, predict charts/graphs on position, velocity and acceleration.
- Describe, make sense of and reason about the charts.
If you register at the PHET website as a teacher, you have access to the information for teachers. The website offers examples of worksheets and questions for students at different levels.
Students can make a graph that fits a story, or make a story that fits a chart. At primary school level focus on one chart in the beginning. For example: What is the story behind this chart?
Do not underestimate the complexity of only the first chart. It shows a timeline, the position, negative numbers, and a man who covers a distance.