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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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Deflating Soap Bubble
A Tracker experiment that uses video analysis tool to study the rate at which a soap bubble shrinks as it deflates through a capillary tube. Combining this data with an independent determination of the surface tension of the soap solution enables you to determine the viscosity of air.
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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

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Featured OSP Resource

Modeling Wealth Inequality
An econophysics package that the models the transfer of wealth between buyers and sellers, known as agents, who spend their time  exchanging goods at a yard sale. In this economic model, two agents A and B are chosen at random and goods are exchanged.  In each transaction an agent can either pay too much or get a bargain so that one agent becomes slightly richer while the other agent becomes poorer. What happens to the wealth of agent wA if this process is repeated many times and if we assume that the agent receiving the bargain is chosen at random so that sometimes agent A gains and sometimes agent A looses in the transaction. In other words, neither agent is always shrewd or always gullible so that all agents have an equal chance of getting rich. Does this model produce an equitable distribution of wealth?

This package is available online and as a downloadable ePub.
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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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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

Creating Interactive Electronic Books for Computers and Tablets
Workshop
AAPT 2016 Summer Meeting
Sacramento, CA
July 16-20, 2016

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Newest OSP Materials

Jan 21 Making Quantum Mechanics Visual and Interactive
Jan 19 Exploring Physics with Video Games
Jan 1 Creating Electronic Books with JavaScript Simulations
Nov 19 Frogger JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

Feb 6 Data Tool Program
Jan 3 Coulomb Force What Is Wrong supplement
Dec 22 Waves Tutorial ePub Preview supplement
Dec 22 Modeling Wealth Inequality ePub supplement

Recent Discussions

Jan 27 - 1:09 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted version 4.92 now… to the Tracker 4.92 release thread.

Jan 25 - 7:04 PM EST
lookang posted Re: Re: is… to the Missing file in… thread.

Jan 24 - 11:03 AM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: JavaScript… to the Accelerometer… thread.

Jan 21 - 12:09 PM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: Re: Re: How to… to the How to invoke ejss… thread.

Jan 18 - 4:28 PM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: ComboBox in Ejss to the How to use… thread.


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