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Treb-Bot: Development and Use of a Trebuchet Simulator
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The trebuchet has quickly become a favorite project for physics and engineering teachers seeking to provide students with a simple, but spectacular, hands-on design project that can be applied to the study of projectile motion, rotational motion, and the law of conservation of energy. While there have been free trebuchet simulators and range calculators available online for several years, these have been limited to simple designs. Other simulators are available for a fee, precluding practical use in introductory courses. With this in mind, one of the authors developed a free web-based trebuchet simulation that can be found at http://www.benchtophybrid.com/TB_index.html. This simulation, named Treb-Bot, is designed to be visually appealing to high school students and includes simulations of trebuchet designs that are unavailable elsewhere on the web. The website was successfully field-tested by a group of Advanced Placement Physics 1 students.
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