Interactive Simulations

Designed and developed by the ACMES team

This interactive simulation will help the user understand how the average monthly daylight hours and temperature in different places on earth change. They can also explore how the two variables (daylight hours and temperature) are influenced by the tilt of the northern hemisphere towards or away from the sun, distance from the equator, and the amount of direct sunlight.

This simulation models how the earth’s rotation causes the day and night cycle.

This simulation shows the covariational relationship between the height of an object and the length of its shadow.

This simulation models how the sun causes objects to cast shadows of different length, direction, and color at different times of day, as well as how the shadows of opaque, translucent, and transparent objects can differ.

This simulation demonstrates the correspondence between the moon’s position in its orbit and its phase at different times of the month.

Investigate how the moon’s position with relation to the sun and the earth is related to the lunar phases.

Simulation allows students to investigate what happens when different materials (sediment, magma/lava, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, and igneous rock) experience different rock cycle processes (compacting and cementing, weathering and erosion, heat and pressure, melting, and cooling).

This simulation shows the life of a rock named Bob as he travels one possible path through the rock cycle.

This simulation models some processes of the water cycle. The simulation also presents some factors that affect the paths of water molecules such as air temperature, land temperature, and humidity.

The purpose of this simulation is to model the flight of a hot air balloon in order to show the relationship between the temperature and density of air.

The purpose of this simulation is to generate the results of an imaginary weather forecasting model.

The purpose of this simulation is to model weather data for every day during the month of June for 20 years in a certain location.

The purpose of this simulation is to model how different air masses interact to form different types of weather fronts, which results in different types of weather.

This simulation describes and distinguishes the climatic zones on the earth.

This simulation illustrates the different layers of the atmosphere surrounding the earth (Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, and Thermosphere).

This simulation shows the effect of the rise of global temperature on the height of future sea level.

This simulation shows the amount of carbon dioxide generated per year based on an assortment of personal choices that one can make, such as how many hours you use your computer and whether you carpool or not.