141 Additional Features Improving and Leveraging Digital Literacy



The Human Femur. Image Credit: Anatomography via Wikimedia Commons

Personalized Data

Everyday Examples: Landing after a Jump

You naturally tend to bend your knees when landing after a jump, rather than keep your knees locked and your legs rigid. The reason is that rigid legs bring you to an abrupt stop, but bending your knees allows you to spread the landing out over a longer time, which we now know reduces the average force.

The force vs. time graphs show the normal force applied to a person when landing on one foot after stepping off from a 0.1 height as seen in the previous GIF. The graph on the left was the more rigid leg landing (it didn’t feel good) and the graph on the right was a bent-knee landing.

Force vs. time data for a stiff-legged landing (red) and crouching landing (blue).

Notice that the stiff-legged “hard” landing nearly doubled the peak force applied to the body.

Interactive Simulations

Phet Physics Buoyancy Simulation

Multimedia/Digital Data Acquisition Activities

Video tracking a projectile


Simulation Building Activities

Numerical Modeling Activities

Numerical simulation of body temperature vs. time during a cold weather survival experience




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