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written by Douglas Brown, Wolfgang Christian, and Robert Hanson
The JavaScript implementation of the Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling Tool is now available for beta testing.  This online program runs within a web browser that supports HTML5 + JavaScript.    It allows users to drag and drop Tracker Experiment files or video clips onto the web page to analyze the motion of objects in videos. By overlaying simple dynamical models directly onto videos, students may see how well a model matches the real world. Interference patterns and spectra can also be analyzed.

The original Tracker Java program was written by Doug Brown at Cabrillo College using portions of the the Open Source Physics code library developed by Wolfgang Christian at Davidson College. Tracker was later converted from Java to JavaScript by Doug Brown, Wolfgang Christian and Robert Hanson using the SwingJS system developed by Hanson and his students at St. Olaf College.

Additional Tracker resources, including Tracker help and sample videos, are available from the Tracker website.
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force, interference, kinematics, mechanics, modeling, motion, oscillation, osp, spectra, spectroscopy, video analysis
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D. Brown, W. Christian, and R. Hanson, Computer Program TRACKER VIDEO ANALYSIS AND MODELING JS, Version 5.9 (2020), WWW Document, (https://tracker.physlets.org/trackerJS/).
D. Brown, W. Christian, and R. Hanson, Computer Program TRACKER VIDEO ANALYSIS AND MODELING JS, Version 5.9 (2020), <https://tracker.physlets.org/trackerJS/>.
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Brown, D., Christian, W., & Hanson, R. (2020). Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling JS (Version 5.9) [Computer software]. Retrieved July 17, 2024, from https://tracker.physlets.org/trackerJS/
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Brown, D, W. Christian, and R. Hanson. "Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling JS." Version 5.9. https://tracker.physlets.org/trackerJS/ (accessed 17 July 2024).
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Brown, Douglas, Wolfgang Christian, and Robert Hanson. Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling JS. Vers. 5.9. Computer software. 2020. 17 July 2024 <https://tracker.physlets.org/trackerJS/>.
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