Interactive Twister

Tom Whittaker, S.V. Medaris, Steve Ackerman, The Why Files, The University of Wisconsin

This Java applet allows students to determine the size and core pressure difference of a tornado, and unleash it on trees, a trailer, a house, a car, and a cow to see its destructive effects. After the simulated storm, students are asked to asses the magnitude of the tornado using the F-scale, showing the relationship of size, core pressure difference, and the resulting damage.

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