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The Open Source Physics Project is supported by NSF DUE-0442581.

Computational Resources for Teaching

The OSP Collection provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena. Browse the OSP simulations or learn more about our tools and curriculum pieces below.

Tracker

The Tracker tool extends traditional video analysis by enabling users to create particle models based on Newton's laws. Because models synchronize with and draw themselves right on videos of real-world objects, students can test models experimentally by direct visual inspection.

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Featured Tracker Package

Featured OSP Resource

Coupled Compass Oscillations Video Analysis Activity
The Coupled Compass Oscillations Video Analysis Activity explores the behavior of a pair of loosely coupled compass needles in air with weak damping. The needles are far enough apart that the magnetic interaction between their magnetic dipoles is much weaker than their interaction with the Earth's magnetic field. The resulting motion displays beats--when one compass is momentarily at rest, the other oscillates with maximum amplitude.
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Curriculum Packages

OSP curriculum packages combine computer simulations with tutorial materials and student worksheets. Packages can be modified to meet the needs of faculty and students

Browse curriculum resources by topic and learn how to customize packages

Featured Curriculum Package

Featured OSP Resource

An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods (EJS Adaptation)
The Easy Java Simulations adaptation of an An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods by Harvey Gould, Jan Tobochnik, and Wolfgang Christian teaches physics modeling by example. We have chosen EJS for this edition of our book because its dynamic and highly interactive user interface greatly reduces the amount of programming required to implement an idea.

EJS Modeling

Student modeling, the guided exploration of physical systems and concepts, is a powerful approach to engaged learning. Easy Java Simulations provides the computational tools for students and faculty to explore physics without the need for learning details of java programming.

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Featured EJS Model

Featured OSP Resource

Zeeman Heartbeat Model
The Zeeman Heartbeat Model uses work in Catastrophe Theory to create a simulation of the heartbeat cycle.  The heart is represented as a blue circle in phase space and travels from diastole to systole which are represented as the green circles.  Cardiac muscle fiber length (x) is represented on the y-axis and electrochemical activity (b) is represented on the x-axis.  The model calculates the heart rate (in beats per minute) and a variable called gamma which is intrinsic to the pacemaker.
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Programming

Open Source Physics provides extensive resources for computational physics and physics simulations. Included are:

  • An Eclipse environment for OSP
  • OSP Source Code Libraries
  • OSP best practices
  • Documentation

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Tools

OSP provides several general applications for physics teaching, student activities, and curriculum distribution. These are:

OSP Events

Adopt and Adapt Simulations for Tablet-based Teaching
Workshop
North Carolina Section of AAPT
UNC Pembroke
November 6-7

Incorporating Computation and Modeling into Physics and Astronomy Teaching
Workshop for New Faculty
ACP, College Park, MD
Nov 14-16, 2014

Supporting Education with Online Computational Physics Resources
International Science Education Conference 2014
Singapore, 25-27 November 2014

Astronomy and Physics Simulations for Computers and Tablets
Workshop
AAPT 2015 Winter Meeting
San Diego, CA
January 3-6, 2015

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Latest OSP Materials

Oct 8 Physlet Two-Dimensional Kinematics Illustrations Package
Oct 8 DNA Restriction Mapping Model
Oct 1 Synkope amusement park ride
Sep 16 Molecular Dynamics, Metropolis Monte Carlo and Creutz's Demon Model

Recent Discussions

Oct 20 - 12:38 PM EST
Jean-Luc Richter posted Xuggle not found… to the Tracker in Mac OSX… thread.

Oct 20 - 12:28 PM EST
Ramiro Plazas posted Re: Re: Mi… to the Correr mi… thread.

Oct 19 - 3:19 PM EST
Felix Yepez posted Ayuda con EJS to the ¿Puedo realizar… thread.

Oct 18 - 2:06 PM EST
Brent Nowak posted No Video Engine to the Tracker versus… thread.

Oct 17 - 2:47 PM EST
Tim Brown posted Smoothing… to the Smoothing… thread.


The OSP Network:
Open Source Physics - Tracker - EJS Modeling
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics