APS Excellence in Physics Education Award
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.

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.

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

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

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

Access programming resources

Tools

OSP provides several general applications for physics teaching, student activities, and curriculum distribution. These are:

OSP News

Web EJS
Web EJS, a JavaScript version of EJS that runs on all platforms, including Chromebooks, is now available.

Tracker Online
A JavaScript version of Tracker version 6 that runs on all platforms, including Chromebooks, is now available.

News archive

Newest OSP Materials

May 14 Kinematics with Video Analysis
Mar 22 Using Plotly Graphs in EJS with Help from Chat GPT
Mar 16 Hydrogenic Wave Function Amplitude JS Model
Mar 13 Hydrogenic Angular Wave Function JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

May 22 two-carts TRZ supplement
May 22 landing-long TRZ supplement
May 22 skater-300fps TRZ supplement
May 22 skater-300fps MP4 supplement

Recent Discussions

May 17 - 6:29 AM EST
lookang posted Add a scrolling… to the Add a scrolling… thread.

May 12 - 11:36 AM EST
Carson Perrons posted Re: Frames display… to the Video frames… thread.

May 08 - 2:35 AM EST
Clinton McGuire posted Re: Version 6.1.5… to the Tracker 6.1.5… thread.

May 01 - 10:53 PM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: a but in the… to the a table bug when… thread.


OSP Projects:
Open Source Physics - EJS Modeling
Tracker
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics
STP Book