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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.

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Deflating Soap Bubble
A Tracker experiment that uses video analysis tool to study the rate at which a soap bubble shrinks as it deflates through a capillary tube. Combining this data with an independent determination of the surface tension of the soap solution enables you to determine the viscosity of air.
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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

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Featured OSP Resource

Modeling the History of Astronomy
A shared file folder that contains software and activities to help students learn about the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic models of the solar system and use that knowledge to create models of a fictitious solar system from observations of the night sky.  The Simulations and Activities subfolder contains computer simulations and activity handouts to guide students through observing the night sky.  The Student Projects subfolder contains computer programs that simulate the night sky for 30 fictitious solar systems.  These programs serve as the foundation for a series of students projects.

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.

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Featured EJS Model

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Wheeler's Delayed Choice Experiment Model
This simulator implements  the Wheeler's Delayed Choice Experiment in an ideal Interferometer of Mach-Zehnder type, as desccribed by John Archibald Wheeler and Wojciech Hubert Zurek,  Editors in "Quantum Theory and Measurement" , Princeton Series in Physics, (1984).

The simulator shows  the basic fundamental  ideas of the Quantum Mechanics:

    Wave-Particle nature of Photon
    Probabilistic interpretation of  Quantum Mechanics
    Superposition of Quantum States in Beam Splitting
    Interference of states in One Photon experiments
    The striking difference between  Photons and Classical  
    particles, i.e. between Quantum Mechanics and Classical
    Common Sense intuitions
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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

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Tools

OSP provides several general applications for physics teaching, student activities, and curriculum distribution. These are:

OSP Events

Introduction to Tablet-Based Simulations with EjsS
Workshop
TX AAPT/APS Meeting
March 5-7, 2015

Incorporating Computation and Modeling into Physics and Astronomy Teaching
Workshop for New Faculty
ACP, College Park, MD
June 22-25, 2015

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Latest OSP Materials

Feb 17 Driven Simple Harmonic Oscillator Comparison JS Model
Feb 16 Acid Strong Base Titrations JS Model
Feb 14 Quantum Zeno Effect Model
Jan 20 Measuring g by Flow Rate

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Open Source Physics - Tracker - EJS Modeling
Physlet Physics
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