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Simulations and Applets

Java Applets on Physics
Includes java applets for mechanics, oscillations of waves, electrodynamics, optics, thermodynamics, theory of relativity, physics of the atom, nuclear physics

Multimedia Physics Studio
Many Physics-related live animations including ones 1-dimensional kinematics, Newton’s laws, vectors and projectiles, momentum and collisions, work and energy, circular, satellite and rotational motion, special relativity, static electricity, waves, sound and light, ray optics, quick-time movies, shockwave animations.
This is a virtual lab site with some good demonstrations of everything including mechanics, light, electricity, and sound. This would be a good one to keep in mind for any unit in physics.

NTNU Virtual Physics Laboratory
Examples of optics, electricity and transverse and longitudinal wave demonstrations.
Good to show how waves interact and you can actually change the frequencies of the waves to demonstrate how the resultant wave changes.

On this page you will frequently be graphing results in a Microsoft Excel chart. When you need to graph data, you will see a "Graph It" icon which you can click on to get to the excel chart. If you are using Netscape, you may have to right click on the icon, choose "Save Link As...", save the chart to your computer, and then open it with Excel.

Circuit Builder
This site provides an excellent applet that be used to build and analyse DC and AC electrical circuits. The following direction independent components can be added:
Resistor, Capacitor, Inductor, Light bulb, Wire, Switch, Battery, General Voltage source, Current Source, Oscilloscope,Voltmeter, and Ampèremeter.

Web Site Links
This page is a collection of links to sites on the web that have computerized simulations of physics principles. These might be in the form of a Java Applet, a Shockwave demonstration or an Activity Worksheet, but the basic purpose is the same in all cases: to allow students to see a visual demonstration of a scientific concept, often in animated form. In addition, the student may be given the opportunity to manipulate one or more variables underlying the concept and then witness the changes. Includes following topics: fundamental, mechanics, momentum, rrotational motion, machines, measurement, fluids, electricity, thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion. Waves, sound, light, light and optics, colour theory, nuclear, and asdtophysics.


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