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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

Fluorescence Spectra
The Fluorescence Spectra experiment uses Tracker to explore fluorescence and fluorescent lamps. Students observe the spectra directly, measure brightness versus wavelength in Tracker, and answer qualitative and quantitative questions. The spectra include a fluorescent dye, a mercury lamp and two fluorescent lamps, all with red and green laser spots added for easy calibration.
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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

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

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

More events

Latest OSP Materials

Oct 21 Data Fitting JS Model
Oct 8 Physlet Two-Dimensional Kinematics Illustrations Package
Oct 8 DNA Restriction Mapping Model
Oct 1 Synkope amusement park ride

Recent Discussions

Oct 25 - 3:27 PM EST
Paul Nord posted Re: Re: Xuggle not… to the Tracker in Mac OSX… thread.

Oct 25 - 7:21 AM EST
Thimios… posted Re: Re: Version… to the Tracker 4.86 released thread.

Oct 25 - 2:59 AM EST
Natthawin Cho posted Re: Re: Set Group… to the I want to color… thread.

Oct 25 - 2:54 AM EST
Natthawin Cho posted I need some help… to the Export data from… thread.

Oct 23 - 1:27 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Re: No Video Engine to the Tracker versus… thread.


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