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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

Projectile Motion with Angry Birds
The Projectile Motion with Angry Birds lab uses the original video from Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds and the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion an angry bird projected from a slingshot to hit a pig. This OSP item was inspired by Rhett Allain's Dot Physics, a physics blog for Wired.
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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

Modeling the History of Astronomy
A shared file folder that contains software and activities to help students learn about the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic models of the solar system and use that knowledge to create models of a fictitious solar system from observations of the night sky.  The Simulations and Activities subfolder contains computer simulations and activity handouts to guide students through observing the night sky.  The Student Projects subfolder contains computer programs that simulate the night sky for 30 fictitious solar systems.  These programs serve as the foundation for a series of students projects.

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

Platform on Two Rotating Cylinders Model
The Ejs Platform on Two Rotating Cylinders model displays the model of a platform resting on two equal cylinders are rotating with opposite angular velocities.  There is kinetic friction between each cylinder and the platform.    The separation between the cylinders and the coefficient of kinetic friction can be changed via textboxes.
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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

Writing Electronic Books with Interactive Curricular Material
Invited Talk
National AAPT Summer Meeting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 29, 2014

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

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OSP News

EjsS Android Reader App now on Google's Play Store
The EJS team has released the Android version of the EjsS Reader App that lets users organize and run JavaScript simulations created with EjsS version 5.0 and later.

News archive

Latest OSP Materials

Jul 27 Lennard-Jones 2D Metropolis Model
Jul 20 Saving and Sharing Tracker Experiments Tutorial
Jul 7 Tea Cups Ride JS Model
Jul 6 EjsS Reader for Mobile Platforms

Recent Library Material Comments

Jul 19 - 3:30 AM EST
lookang posted Nice interactive… to the Tea Cups Ride JS Model thread.


Recent Discussions

Aug 01 - 4:14 AM EST
Chi-Feng Lin posted Re: Re: Re: Ejss… to the Ejss cannot… thread.

Aug 01 - 4:11 AM EST
Ami B posted Re: Re: Re: Re:… to the velocity not… thread.

Aug 01 - 2:21 AM EST
Apostolos… posted Rotate an indicator to the Rotation with a… thread.

Jul 31 - 3:36 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Tutorials on YouTube to the Tracker tutorials thread.

Jul 31 - 1:39 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Version 4.86 now… to the Tracker 4.86 released thread.


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