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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

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.

Learn more about EJS

Featured EJS Model

Featured OSP Resource

Phases of Moon Model
The EJS Phases of Moon model displays the the appearance of Moon and how it changes depending on the position of Moon relative to Earth and Sun. The main window shows Earth (at the center). By using the Options Menu the Moon View window shows the appearance of Moon as seen from Earth when Moon is in the position shown in the main window.


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

Tracker/Open Source Physics Workshop for Singapore Teachers
Edulab@AST Workshop
Singapore, 26-20 November 2015

Incorporating Computation and Modeling into Physics and Astronomy Teaching
Workshop for New Faculty
ACP, College Park, MD
November 19-22, 2015

More events

Newest OSP Materials

Oct 13 Electrolysis System and Hydrogen Processing Model
Oct 4 Double Slit Wave-Particle JS Model
Sep 28 Drag The Monster Truck JS Model
Sep 7 Free Particle Eigenstate Superposition JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

Sep 29 Equinox Precession Model
Sep 27 Vernier Caliper Demo Source Code supplement
Sep 27 Vernier Caliper Demo JS Model supplement
Sep 12 Noon Shadow Source Code supplement

Recent Discussions

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