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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

Physlet Physics (2e) Online
The second edition to Physlet Physics represents a major change in how the 800 Physlet-based interactive materials are delivered to teachers and students alike. Instead of accessing materials off of the CD that came with the first edition, now users simply access the Physlet Physics 2E from ComPADRE.
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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

Introduction to The Easy JavaScript Simulations Platorm
AAPT Workshop
National AAPT Summer Meeting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 26-30, 2014

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

More events

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.

EJS Adds JavaScript Support
The Easy Java Simulations modeling and authoring tool can now be used to create JavaScript simulations that run on desktop computers and tablets.

News archive

Latest OSP Materials

Jul 20 Saving and Sharing Tracker Experiments Tutorial
Jul 7 Tea Cups Ride JS Model
Jul 6 EjsS Reader for Mobile Platforms
Jul 3 Phases of the Moon JS Model

Recent Library Material Comments

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


Recent Discussions

Jul 19 - 3:22 AM EST
lookang posted Re: Time to the Evolution of time… thread.

Jul 19 - 3:19 AM EST
lookang posted Re: Having trouble… to the opening EJsS… thread.

Jul 15 - 10:12 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted PHP script to the Digital Library… thread.

Jul 15 - 7:57 PM EST
Luis de la Torre posted Re: How can I sign… to the Singning EJS applet thread.

Jul 11 - 12:01 PM EST
Mario Belloni posted PP2E now on iTunes… to the Physlet Physics 2E… thread.


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