What is it all about
Gravity Simulator is a grand-scale celestial simulator, making the world your sandbox. Put planets, stars, and asteroids in place, give them an initial push, and see where they go!
The game represents three-dimensional space through flat graphics, making the simulations easy to understand and follow. Even so, it is advanced enough to simulate multiple sources of gravity, required to demonstrate complicated concepts such as the n-body problem. The simulator is a good fit for both elementary and middle school physics classes.
At its simplest, Gravity Simulator aims to demonstrate the interactions between mass, force and velocity. In elementary school, students can discover the connection between mass and gravity.
In junior high school, their experiments can involve more complex theories, such as the universe’s gravitational constant. The simulator allows for the gravitational constant to be changed on the fly, making it possible for students to experiment with what would happen if the laws of the universe were different.
The game covers the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 3-PS2-1 and MS-ESS1-2.
Ideas for classes
Home use: Experiment with celestial objects and gravitation.
Elementary school: Examine objects with different masses.
Junior high school: Investigate trajectories and orbits.
High school: Experiment with the n-body problem. Perform basic studies with different values of gravitational constant.
Understand how solar systems are balanced, and how easily that balance is disturbed.
Learn to predict the movements of groups of celestial objects.
Examine the n-body problem.
Introduce students to the gravitational constant of the universe.
|Operating system||Windows XP SP2+, Mac OSX 10.8+, Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+|
|Processor||SSE2 instruction set support|
|Graphics||DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.|
|Additional Info||The game runs comfortably on most systems, and does not require high-end hardware. Unity system requirements can be used as a general guideline (https://unity3d.com/unity/system-requirements).|
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