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

Hi guys, by popular demand, this is a file containing five different animated speedometers and a tachometer (rpm-meter). I can recognize two models: a Toyota Camry and a Ford Crown Victoria. They work great. The rest I am not sure what they are, I would appreciate if you tell me. Just leave a comment. The model works in all versions of Excel. Cheers, GeorgeContinue Reading

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

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

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

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

This tutorial explains a pair of important user defined functions, the “Navigator_u()” and the “Navigator_v()”. These functions save the user nine columns of formulas by calculating the effects of: 3-dimensional shift, rotations around the three axes of coordinates and 3D-2D perspective mapping. These user defined functions are also easy to use compared to writing all the perspective mapping equations fromContinue Reading

In computer graphics we often need to be able to display a three-dimensional image in two dimensions and preserve the perspective appearance. If we walk on a straight road, it appears that the road narrows with the distance. This is the perspective effect and it is a result of mapping a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface (i.e. a computerContinue Reading

Hello everyone, this is a tutorial in which a virtual  Excel joystick controlled by mouse movements on a scatter chart has been demonstrated . While in operation, a macro updates the coordinates of the pointer in two spreadsheet cells. The two coordinates are then incorporated in formulas which limit the range of motion of the joystick. Just like a realContinue Reading

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

Hi Folks, there are many available built-in spreadsheet functions in Excel. Ocasionaly one might need to write a special custom function. This second short tutorial is an introduction to that. Creating a “Time Stamp” function is presented as a first example after which a concatenation function between a custom formatted date and a string (text) is introduced. This last function came about fromContinue Reading