Essential Physics Motion and Robotics

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A powerful, new and engaging way to teach motion using robotics and technology. Topics include position, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, motion graphs, vectors, introductory programming (statements, variables, loops) and introductory robotics.

The teacher guide contains

  • 17 lessons and projects
  • 14 interactive simulations
  • 6 interactive equations
  • 17 slide presentations
  • 17 lesson plans
  • 17 student assignments

Recommended Supported Device List:

The ErgoBot works best with Windows 10 computers & tablets, iPad 3 or newer, Mac Book Pros and Chromebooks. For information on possible use with other platforms or devices please contact customer support.

Compatibility Note:

The ErgoBot also requires Bluetooth 2.1 compatible hardware.




EP-6471   - 

There has never been such a powerful way to learn about motion.

The ErgoBot works with Windows, Mac, iPad, Chromebook, Android tablets, and even smartphones! You don't need to install any software. You don't need an internet connection. All you need is a device that has Bluetooth capabilities.

Requires the Essential Physics e-Book or the proper Essential Physics Module Teacher Resources to function.


Lessons in this module:

  • Lesson 1 - Describing motion
  • Lesson 2 - Vectors
  • Lesson 3 - Motion Graphs
  • Lesson 4 - Acceleration on a ramp
  • Lesson 5 - Models of accelerated motion
  • Lesson 6 - Newton's second law
  • Lesson 7 - Vector Navigation
  • Lesson 8 - Motion on an inclined plane
  • Lesson 9 - Programming the ErgoBot
  • Lesson 10 - Variables and nested Loops

Design Challenges:

  • Robot Slalom
  • Miniature Golf
  • Road Rally
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Two-robot competition
  • Force vs. distance graph
  • Friction and losses


  • Stopwatch and timer
  • Real-time motion graphs, 
  • Encoder signals
  • Ticker tape chart
  • Displacement in 1 and 2 D
  • Position and velocity graphs
  • Graphing utility
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s second law
  • Navigating a maze
  • Race course simulation,
  • Cart on incline
  • Programming the ErgoBot
  • Constant velocity
  • Velocity in accelerated motion
  • Position in accelerated motion
  • Newton’s second law
  • Acceleration down a ramp

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