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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.

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Featured Tracker Package

Featured OSP Resource

Fluorescence Spectra
The Fluorescence Spectra experiment uses Tracker to explore fluorescence and fluorescent lamps. Students observe the spectra directly, measure brightness versus wavelength in Tracker, and answer qualitative and quantitative questions. The spectra include a fluorescent dye, a mercury lamp and two fluorescent lamps, all with red and green laser spots added for easy calibration.
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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

Featured Curriculum Package

Featured OSP Resource

Introductory Astronomy Models
A shared file folder of Astronomy models designed for a college-level introductory astronomy course.  This shared folder contains over 50 EJS models and is broken up into three parts: naked-eye astronomy, classical astronomy (optics and orbits), and modern astronomy.

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

Featured OSP Resource

Newton’s Mountain Model
The EJS Newton's Mountain model illustrates the motion of a projectile launched from the top of a VERY tall mountain on Earth. The diagram shown in the simulation is taken from Newton's A Treatise on the System of the World, which he wrote after the Principia. Newton concluded that a projectile launched horizontally with sufficient speed would orbit Earth rather than crashing to Earth's surface.
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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

Integrating OSP Materials into the College Ready Project
Content and Resource Development Workshop
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR, June 30-July 3, 2014

Supporting Education with Online Computational Physics Resources
International Science Education Conference 2014
Singapore, 25-27 November 2014

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OSP News

EjsS Android Reader App now on Google's Play Store
The EJS team has released the Android version of the EjsS Reader App that lets users organize and run JavaScript simulations created with EjsS version 5.0 and later.

EJS Adds JavaScript Support
The Easy Java Simulations modeling and authoring tool can now be used to create JavaScript simulations that run on desktop computers and tablets.

News archive

Latest OSP Materials

Apr 22 Pirate Ship JS Model
Apr 15 X-Ray Spectrum Model
Apr 15 X-Ray Imaging Model
Apr 15 Differential X-Ray Absorption Model

Recent Discussions

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The OSP Network:
Open Source Physics - Tracker - EJS Modeling
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics