Rocket Sled

The Rocket Sled Interactive simulates the motion of a horizontally-moving rocket sled. Learners can modify the propulsion force, the resistance forces (friction and air resistance), and the mass of the rocket sled. The net force and velocity of the sled are displayed.

Launch Interactive

Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. Or if desired, The Physics Classroom has prepared two activities for a more directed experience. The activity was designed with the intent of being used by classroom teachers with their classes. View Exercise.

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.

Our Rocket Sled simulation is now available with a Concept Checker. Do the simulation. Then follow it up with the Concept Checker.

The Physics Classroom would like to thank Nerd Island Studios for generously contributing the Rocket Sled Interactive to our Physics Interactives collection. More great stuff by Nerd Island Studios can be found at their website: