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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

Coupled Compass Oscillations Video Analysis Activity
The Coupled Compass Oscillations Video Analysis Activity explores the behavior of a pair of loosely coupled compass needles in air with weak damping. The needles are far enough apart that the magnetic interaction between their magnetic dipoles is much weaker than their interaction with the Earth's magnetic field. The resulting motion displays beats--when one compass is momentarily at rest, the other oscillates with maximum amplitude.
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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

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.

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Featured EJS Model

Featured OSP Resource

Zeeman Heartbeat Model
The Zeeman Heartbeat Model uses work in Catastrophe Theory to create a simulation of the heartbeat cycle.  The heart is represented as a blue circle in phase space and travels from diastole to systole which are represented as the green circles.  Cardiac muscle fiber length (x) is represented on the y-axis and electrochemical activity (b) is represented on the x-axis.  The model calculates the heart rate (in beats per minute) and a variable called gamma which is intrinsic to the pacemaker.
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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

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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 25 - 6:38 PM EST
mrg_psu posted Re: Re: _view… to the EJSs Plotting… thread.

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.


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