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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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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.
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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

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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.
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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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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:

Newest OSP Materials

Oct 12 Exoplanet Detection JS: Radial Velocity Method
Oct 10 Microphone Sound Analyzer JS Model
Oct 6 Exoplanet Detection JS: Transit Method
Oct 2 Bungee Jump with Hysteresis JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

Oct 3 Acceleration Measurement PWA
Oct 3 Rotation Measurement PWA
Oct 3 Browser Capabilities JS Model
Sep 25 Browser Capabilities Source Code supplement

Recent Discussions

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