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November 2019

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Science SPORE Prize
November 2011

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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.


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

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

HTML5 Simulations for Introductory Physics
Andrew Duffy's web collection at Boston University contains a wide range of HTML 5,  Physlet, and EJS simulations developed for introductory physics classes. The materials include topics ranging from vectors and kinematics to optics and modern physics and can run on any platform, including mobile devices.

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:

Newest OSP Materials

Sep 17 Binary Star System with Lorentz Symmetry Violating Effects
Sep 15 Osmosis in a 2D Gas JS Model
Aug 22 Ising JS Model
Aug 19 Boltzmann H-theorem: Approaching Equilibrium Model

Recently Updated Materials

Sep 10 Temperature Control with Integral Action Simulation supplement
Sep 10 PID Room Temperature Control supplement
Sep 10 Digital Temperature Control with Integral Action Simulation supplement
Sep 10 Temperature Control Model

Recent Discussions

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