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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

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

Introductory Astronomy Models
A shared file folder of Astronomy models designed for a college-level introductory astronomy course.  This shared folder contains over 50 EJS models and is broken up into three parts: naked-eye astronomy, classical astronomy (optics and orbits), and modern astronomy.

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

Project Based Learning for Introductory Physics
Workshop
ATE Project for Physics Faculty
November 13-15, 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

Nov 25 Simple Pendulum JS Model
Nov 21 Tracker Video Analysis: Flash vs. Quicksilver
Nov 21 EjsS Manual Ch 03: Exploring JavaScript EjsS
Nov 21 EjsS Manual Ch 01: Installing and Running EjsS

Recent Library Material Comments

Nov 20 - 3:45 AM EST
lookang posted video modeling in… to the Ball Toss Video JS Model thread.


Recent Discussions

Nov 24 - 5:18 PM EST
paul macdermid posted Re: Re: Re: new… to the Tracker 4.87 beta thread.

Nov 22 - 5:01 AM EST
Apostolos… posted Save a File Dialog to the OPen or Save File… thread.

Nov 21 - 12:56 PM EST
Apostolos… posted Re: Re: ArrayList… to the ArrayList thread.

Nov 21 - 12:08 PM EST
Ethan Kao posted Re: Re: Re: Re:… to the Tracker in Mac OSX… thread.

Nov 21 - 3:58 AM EST
Apostolos… posted Re: Re: Play sounds to the Sound after sound… thread.


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