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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

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.

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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

Apr 29 Toast Falling from Table Tracker Experiment
Apr 29 Car in a loop with friction
Apr 28 Double Pendulum Tracker Experiment
Apr 23 Effect of Spin on a Basketball Bounce Tracker Experiment

Recently Updated Materials

Jul 10 STP Textbook Errata supplement
Jun 27 JavaScript Physlet Library supplement
Jun 26 JavaScript Physlets
Apr 28 Sliding Chain Anaysis supplement

Recent Discussions

Jul 11 - 4:27 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Tracker 5.1.1 now… to the Tracker 5.1.1 thread.

Jul 09 - 12:07 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Re: Is a time… to the Line Profile Time… thread.

Jun 25 - 4:50 PM EST
Paul Nord posted Re: Marked frames… to the Marked frames dont… thread.

Jun 22 - 5:13 AM EST
Martin Jarquin posted Where is the main()? to the Question about the… thread.

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