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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

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


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:

OSP News

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

Jun 11 Birth-Decay Process Model
Jun 4 Grand-Isobaric Ensemble Monte Carlo JS Model
May 14 Kinematics with Video Analysis
Mar 22 Using Plotly Graphs in EJS with Help from Chat GPT

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 Library Comments

Jun 10 - 10:19 PM EST
Andrés Benito posted Mispelling in… to the Trouble-shooting Tracker thread.

Recent Discussions

Jun 10 - 1:30 AM EST
Thornton Jim posted Re: Unable to load… to the Unable to load MP4… thread.

Jun 04 - 10:23 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Tracker 6.1.7 now… to the Tracker 6.1.7… thread.

May 30 - 2:02 PM EST
lp pro posted Easy Java… to the Easy Java… thread.

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

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