## 2D Projectile Motion Tutorial #3

Now that we have a simple animated projectile motion (previous tutorial) let’s try to add on the chart the three instantaneous speed vectors associated with the projectile. These speed vectors are: the horizontal speed, vertical speed and the total speed vector. The model works in all Excel versions but in 2007 it’s rather slow. [sociallocker][/sociallocker] Projectile Motion Tutorial #3 –Continue Reading

## 2D Projectile Motion Tutorial #2

This part of the tutorial shows you how to animate the model created in the first part. Since it is addressed to beginners, this part of the tutorial will show you in detail how to create buttons and the associated macros for the input data interface and it will also show you how to animate the flight of the projectile and explainContinue Reading

## 2D Projectile Motion Tutorial #1

This part of the tutorial will show you how to create the simplest possible projectile motion model using standard kinematic formulas from the first year of high school. The variable parameters of the model will be: initial height, initial speed and initial angle and time step. “g” – the gravitational constant will be set at 9.81 m/s^2. This model is aContinue Reading

## 2D Projectile Motion Model #1 – a virtual tactical shooting range

Hi Folks, As a kid was fascinated with high power rifles, sniper rifles, cannons and in general, fast projectiles.  I’ve been brainwashed with all sorts of urban legends about how far an AK 47 or a pistol can shoot or how thick a steel metal plate a bullet can penetrate at various distances. I’ve also watched some documentary about snipersContinue Reading

## Casual Introduction to Numerical Methods – a spring-mass-damper system model – part#3

Here is the third part of a tutorial in both elementary dynamics and numerical methods. It is written at a basic level and it shows you how to set up a dynamic model for numerical solving of simple differential equations. The dynamic model makes use of an infinite loop, which make the calculations advance in time. Instead of a large tableContinue Reading

## Casual Introduction to Numerical Methods – a spring-mass-damper system model – part#2

Here is the second part of a tutorial in both elementary dynamics and numerical methods. It is written at a  basic level and it shows you how to solve a system of difference equations in an Excel table. It also starts to explain how to animate the model. [sociallocker][/sociallocker] A casual approach to numerical modeling – the Spring-Mass-Damper System – part 2.Continue Reading

## Casual Introduction to Numerical Methods – a spring-mass-damper system model – part#1

Here is the first part of a casual tutorial in both elementary dynamics and numerical methods. It is written at a very basic level and it shows you how to solve a system of difference equations with a pencil and a paper and perhaps a pocket calculator to speed things up. A casual approach to numerical modeling – the Spring-Mass-Damper-System –Continue Reading

## Modeling a Three-Pendulum Harmonograph – tutorial: part #2

Hi guys, here is the second part of a tutorial describing the matematical equations used in modeling a three-pendulum harmonograph (automatic drawing machine). It pertains to the second version of the model. This section describes the kinematic equations involved in the articulated linkage mechanism on the top of the table, the custom spreadsheet functions used in the model and some overallContinue Reading

## Modeling a Three-Pendulum Harmonograph – tutorial: part #1

Hi guys, here is the first part of a tutorial describing the mathematical equations used in modeling a three-pendulum harmonograph (automatic drawing machine). It pertains to the second version of the model. This section refers only to the kinematic equations for the movement of three pendulums. A second section will be published later and it will describe the kinematic equations involved inContinue Reading

## Three-Pendulum Harmonograph #2 – an improved version

Hi! Here is an improved (faster and cleaner) version of the harmonograph. The worksheet has three different areas, the physical machine (a photo of the machine build out of wood by Karl Sims), the virtual machine (which is a 2D chart with a top view of a model showing the three pendulum ends, the drawing table, and the linkage mechanism which connects pendulum #1,Continue Reading

## Three-Pendulum Harmonograph (#1)- an automatic drawing machine

Ladies and Gentlemen, you will like this. Here is a harmonograph in MS Excel 2003 which models a real one build by Karl Sims. Watch the video first to know what to expect. I could have built it from the bare drawing equations but that would have been too easy and no fun at all so I tried to model theContinue Reading

## A basic 3-body Planetary System

Hi folks, as a continuation to the previous tutorial here is a 3-body planetary model where the solution to the equations is contained in a static form, as a lookup table (I previously called it a “pure spreadsheet solution”). The model is static in the sense that after any parameter is changed, the solution data remains unchanged in a table until a new parameter is updated by theContinue Reading

## How to Model a Basic 2-body Planetary System

Here is a tutorial explaining how to model a two dimensional  2-body planetary system in Excel. It uses the Euler method of integration. The tutorial starts with explaining the simple Newtonian laws acting on the two planets. There are essentially just two forces acting on each body at any time: the inertia and the gravitational attraction. During each small time step,Continue Reading

## Introduction to Numerical Methods – Basic Filters #2

This post shows the steps for building a first model of a single pole RC high pass filter (HPF) in Excel based on numerical solution using the finite difference method. It is quite elementary to understand, try to go through the proof regardless of your background. [sociallocker][/sociallocker] Basic Filters – Part 2 (1-Pole High Pass Filter) Numerical Solutions to Differential EquationsContinue Reading

## Introduction to Numerical Methods – Basic Filters #1

This post shows the steps for building a first model of a single pole RC low pass filter (LPF) in Excel based on numerical solution using the finite difference method. It is quite easy to understand, try to go through the proof regardless of your background. [sociallocker][/sociallocker] Basic Filters – Part 1 (1-Pole Low Pass Filter) – Numerical Solutions to Differential Equations (Finite DifferenceContinue Reading

## 3-Body Planetary System with Options

Here is a 3-body system with 3D graphics. This model  works at about 30 frames/second in Excel 2003 on a modern PC. In Excel 2007 it will run 10-15 times slower. I know 2010 is a lot faster than 2007. I need to add  few more features. I am also thinking of adding a 3D gravitational surface map later (likeContinue Reading