Jacob is a particle-based simulation tool developed by Vojko Valencic for constructing and conducting virtual experiments from the topics of electricity and magnetism. This tool, named Jacob ("Java constructive objects"), is designed for students and lecturers of electrical engineering. Constructive objects in Jacob are building blocks, e.g., charged particles, conductive elements, imaginary forces, gauges, etc., that assemble experimental scenes. The computational engine of Jacob then iteratively solves the scene by considering built-in natural principles of interaction between constructive objects. Each iteration step is visualized giving real-time look and feel of the simulated phenomenon.
Ref: J. Svajger ; V. Valencic, Discovering electricity by computer-based experiments, IEEE Transactions on Education ( Volume: 46 , Issue: 4 , Nov. 2003 )
Create a simple Jacob Experiment:
Note: Menu options are also available by right-clicking within Jacob.
Note: The Jacob window can be moved and resized by click-dragging the title and the lower right corner of the frame, respectively.