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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

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:

Newest OSP Materials

Aug 17 Fitting Cosmological Data Growth DEDGP
Aug 17 Fitting Cosmological Data AP DEDGP
Aug 16 Physlet One-Dimensional Kinematics Problems Package (Hebrew)
Jul 24 Next Generation Open Source Physics Simulations

Recently Updated Materials

Sep 13 Data Tool Program
Aug 23 Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool
Aug 17 Fitting Cosmological Data Package Source Code supplement
Aug 17 Fitting Cosmological Data DEDPG Package

Recent Library Comments

Aug 30 - 6:37 AM EST
Ozhan Fenerci posted Any Python… to the An Introduction to… thread.

Recent Discussions

Sep 19 - 10:30 PM EST
Joshua Norris posted Re: Area under the… to the Data Tool thread.

Sep 18 - 11:51 AM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: Tracker 4.10.0… to the Tracker 4.11.0… thread.

Aug 30 - 2:59 PM EST
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Aug 24 - 6:17 PM EST
alex ng posted Re: Re: multiple rgbs to the export multiple… thread.

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