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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

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.

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

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

Creating Interactive Electronic Textbooks
EduLab@AST, 2 Malan Rd
7-10 November, 2016

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Newest OSP Materials

Aug 23 Sound: An Interactive eBook
Aug 22 Mass and Spring Simple Harmonic Oscillator JS Model
Aug 18 Magnetic Field JS Model
Aug 18 Point Charge Electric Potential JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

Aug 23 Antenna supplement
Aug 20 Find the Coefficient of Friction Problem supplement
Aug 20 Block Sliding On An Incline Plane JS Model
Aug 18 Point Charge Electric Field Source Code supplement

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