Whats this new powder toy everyone is talking about?
Well read on and find out what its all about and then PLAY it!
The Powder Toy is a Physics game designed to gives physics students a better understanding of how substances and elements react with each other and to other compounds or heat.
This little game/tool may not be seen as very interesting thing to download and use at first. But it has been noted that after people start fiddle around with this application, they can’t stop for hours.
The down-loadable file can be found here
Make sure you unzip the file so that you can open the application file (.exe file).
This application generally amuses young children. E.g. blowing up C-4 and just blowing things up in general.
But a physics student, and for that matter a chemistry student, if they look carefully can understand why combining certain substances it causes a violent reaction. Black powder ignites when combined for a heat source or spark. Why? Well you cannot expect a young child to know, but older students can use this application to better understand the chemical reactions between substances and compounds.
Enough of that theory stuff and jargon, so what can you do with powder toy?
I’m glad you asked.
The powder has so many things its hard to say where to start.
Most reactions need a place which you can sustain that reaction, so generally build yourself a enclosed base with metal labelled METL.
Once you’ve made a stable base then start adding things. There’s so many to choose from but ill just go through them all.
From the top left. First Row.
Water – Liquid that conducts electricity and extinguishes fires.
Fire – Ignites flammable materials and heats things up.
Lava – heavy liquid that also ignites, but solidifies (changes state of matter to a solid) when cold.
Nitrous (N.O.S) - Liquid that is pressure sensitive.
Gas – Diffuses, flammable and liquefies under pressure.
Goo – Deforms and disappears under pressure.
Snow – as you’d expect it to be.
Neutrons – Act with matter in different ways.
From bottom left. Second Row.
Dust – Light particles, flammable.
Oil – Flammable liquid
Stone - heavy particles, meltable.
Gunpowder – light dust that is explosive.
Clone - duplicates any particle it touches.
C-4 – Pressure sensitive explosive.
Ice – Cold!!
Spark – electricity conducted by metal and water.
Wood – flammable
Plutonium – heavy particles, generates neutrons under pressure, fissile.
From top right. First Row.
Wall – blocks solids but lets liquids through. Conductive.
Sign – essentially a caption.
Detector – generates electricity when a particles is inside.
Wall – Solid, indestructible, conductive.
From bottom right. Second Row.
Wall – blocks everything, indestructible, not conductive.
Wall – absorbs particles but lets air flow through.
Fan – accelerates air. Use line tool to set direction.
Streamline – sets the start line of streamline.
E – Wall – turns transparent when in contact with electricity.
If you are putting up a wall to make it square simply hold down “control” while you right click and it will draw a perfect square/rectangular all for you. This also applies with the elements, substances and compounds. It will simply drop the block you have assigned (expect for gas).
You can also save your simulations and open simulations.
There is also a function which allows you to change the view mode of the simulation.
Fire display – shows the motion and natural colour of the particles.
Pressure display – shows where the pressure is high and low (useful when working with pressure sensitive particles)
Persistent display – shows the motions of the particles.
Enjoy the fun