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PhET - Physics Interactive Simulations

A collection of simulations and virtual labs focusing on first-year college physics. 

PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the...

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Andrew Park
Andrew Park (Faculty)
4 years ago
The best collection of physics simulations. "Waves on String" and "Quantum Tunneling ..." are my favorite simulations. They work well as lecture demos ("Waves on String" simulation works better than physical demos, because you can pause time on a simulation, and higher harmonics are easier to get) and as a centerpiece of group exercise/"simulation lab" (I wrote a "PhET lab" exercise for 3rd-semester calculus-based general physics class, mostly built around the "Quantum Tunneling ..." simulation; it works well enough to demonstrate features of wave mechanics without getting too mathematical).
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: several semesters.
Carlos Vaz de Carvalho
7 years ago

Really great stuff for teaching physics. Interactive, clear simulations. Excellent.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 mnts
10 years ago

This site is highly recommended for use as either "stand-alone" simulated labs or as an effective instructional aid to class-room lectures. Most of the simulations are well-thought of and illustrate the main physical principles adequately.  The teaching notes provided by instructors who have already used the simulations are noteworthy and helpful.


Used in course? Yes
Najeh Jisrawi
Najeh Jisrawi (Faculty)
10 years ago

This suite of applets and associated research are phenominal. I have been using them in my general physics courses for more than 4 years.

You can use the apps in what I call "experimental" mode to try to generate some data and allow students to do their own.

Technical Remarks:

You probably want to download the java applets to avoid difficulties over a slow network, and then have to make sure your computers are setup properly, but once that is done, it is smooth sailing.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 min
javier tobar araya
javier tobar araya (Faculty)
10 years ago

Sirve para producir un acercamiento del alumno a ciertos simuladores que pueden ayudar en química y biología.

Maria Luisa Castro
13 years ago
Simulations enhance students to learn physics by playing with them.
Time spent reviewing site: Easy to use, and to get to the physics area you are looking to.
Sue Halick
Sue Halick (Administrator)
13 years ago
fun site
Frank Noschese
Frank Noschese (Faculty)
13 years ago
The best part about Java/Flash applets is how well they support inquiry-based learning. My student love exploring with them. The Circuit construction kit is the best circuit simulator, hands-down!
Used in course? Yes
Meredith Ashbran
13 years ago
Great animations with tons of lessons/handouts to choose from or work from. Covers tons of topics and the students love it!

Technical Remarks:

Animations can be downloaded to be used in your classroom even if you don't have internet!
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 8+ hours
Esperanza Zenon
Esperanza Zenon (Faculty)
14 years ago
Very easy to use. Great for visual learners
Scott Sinex
Scott Sinex (Faculty)
14 years ago
Some of the BEST simulations on the web!!!! Easy to use, very interactive, and super graphics!!!!
Used in course? Yes
Traves O'Neill
Traves O'Neill (Faculty)
14 years ago
Large collection of physics java applets. Many are appropriate for high school use.
Used in course? Yes