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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.


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.

Learn more about Tracker

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.

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 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.

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.

Learn more about EJS


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

Access programming resources


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
AAPT 2016 Summer Meeting
Sacramento, CA
July 16-20, 2016

The Impact and Promise of Open-Source Computational Material for Physics Teaching
Invited Talk
GIREP 2016 Seminar
Kraków, Poland
30 August - 3 September, 2016

More events

Newest OSP Materials

Jun 26 Dynamics of a Sliding Ladder using Tracker
Jun 20 Find the Focal Length JS Model
May 20 Faraday's Law JS Model
Apr 8 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education 2015 Award Ceremony and Seminars on Open Source Physics at Singapore

Recently Updated Materials

Jun 14 Data Fitting JS Model
May 4 Bound Eigenstate Superposition JS Model
Apr 16 STP Textbook Chapter 2: Thermodynamic Concepts and Processes
Apr 14 Molecular Dynamics Exploration JS Model

Recent Library Comments

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