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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.


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:

Newest OSP Materials

Sep 2 Polish Physics Teacher Conference and Workshop
Aug 21 Tracker analysis of a bullet fired at a falling target
Aug 10 Tracker analysis for a ball released from a cart's mast on a slope
Jul 31 Agent Based Growth, Exchange, and Distribution Model

Recently Updated Materials

Aug 28 Falling Slinky Source Code supplement
Jul 11 Acceleration by friction video supplement
Jul 8 Agent Based Economic Model Comparison
Jun 17 Wave Speed supplement

Recent Discussions

Sep 23 - 9:38 AM EST
Wolfgang posted Re: Problems… to the can't export video… thread.

Sep 21 - 1:50 AM EST
Douglas Brown posted Re: Problems with… to the High frame rate… thread.

Sep 16 - 7:38 AM EST
Christof Wiedemair posted Re: Free fall -… to the Gravitational… thread.

Sep 15 - 3:59 PM EST
Christof Wiedemair posted Re: Bad values of… to the Bad values of g… thread.

Sep 13 - 6:23 PM EST
Darren Bly posted Re: Frames display… to the Video frames… thread.

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