Simulation documentation

A computer simulation of the circular motion of a rotating space station giving rise to “artificial gravity”. The program models what happens, as seen in the reference frame of an astronaut stationary with respect to the space station, when an apple is dropped (modelled as a point-like particle).

The user controlled options in the simulation are:

When the “Start Simulation” button is pressed, a blue curve is drawn, which is the theoretical prediction of the path of the apple's motion. The apple will continue moving until it hits the rim of the space station.