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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.


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

Featured Tracker Package

Featured OSP Resource

Projectile Motion with Angry Birds
The Projectile Motion with Angry Birds lab uses the original video from Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds and the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion an angry bird projected from a slingshot to hit a pig. This OSP item was inspired by Rhett Allain's Dot Physics, a physics blog for Wired.

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

Learning and Teaching Mathematics using Simulations
A collection of 65 EJS simulations that takes a highly practical approach to facilitating the insight essential for learning in mathematics. Students can work directly with the simulation programs, can visualize relationships, and creatively interact with the calculation procedures. Proceeding in textbook fashion, the simulations make use of a broad palette of multimedia tools, and features numerous interactive calculation programs for mathematical experimentation. Users  merely have to select one of the many predefined examples and set the relevant parameters.

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

OSP Events

Creating Interactive Electronic Textbooks
EduLab@AST, 2 Malan Rd
7-10 November, 2016

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Newest OSP Materials

Sep 13 Vibrating Plate JS Model
Sep 13 Vibrating Drumhead JS Model
Sep 9 Monkey Business: A Genetic Algorithm Model
Aug 30 The Impact and Promise of Teaching with Open-Source Computational Material

Recently Updated Materials

Sep 15 An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Third Edition (revised)
Sep 15 CSM Preface and Table of Contents supplement
Sep 15 Many-Body Perturbation Theory supplement
Sep 15 STP Textbook Errata supplement

Recent Discussions

Sep 27 - 12:23 PM EST
Scott McCullough posted Re: Re: Re: Re: I… to the Won't load video… thread.

Sep 21 - 4:49 PM EST
Douglas Brown posted Tracker 4.95 now… to the Tracker 4.95 released thread.

Sep 14 - 8:23 PM EST
mrg_psu posted Re: Re: 3D… to the 3D transformation… thread.

Sep 13 - 8:39 PM EST
Max Chen posted Re: Data lost… to the Data lost after… thread.

Sep 13 - 7:14 PM EST
Dean Karlen posted Is there a… to the EJS icons too… thread.

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