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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:

Newest OSP Materials

Aug 4 Physlet Physics - Fluids
Aug 4 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching
Aug 1 Hooke's Law and the Harmonic Oscillator
Jul 21 Spatial Geometry of a Uniformly Rotating Reference Frame JS Model

Recently Updated Materials

Jul 20 Uniformly Accelerated Reference Frames JS Model
Jul 19 Acoustics supplement
May 6 Uniformly Accelerated Reference Frames Source Code supplement
May 5 Ball on a Moving Ring JS Model

Recent Discussions

Sep 23 - 8:08 PM EST
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Sep 23 - 4:25 PM EST
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Sep 17 - 11:58 PM EST
Julio Pereyra posted Ejs 5.3 Support to the Ejs 5.3 support thread.

Sep 20 - 11:02 AM EST
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Sep 15 - 2:28 PM EST
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OSP Projects:
Open Source Physics - EJS Modeling
Tracker
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics
STP Book