Overview

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Overview

Small, flexible, educational physics applets designed for use in quizzes, homework problems, and Just in Time Teaching activities. Can be used as part of almost any curriculum with almost any teaching style. Created and controlled with JavaScript, allowing instructors and students to modify and adapt them.  Physlets use simple graphics to convey only the salient features of physical phenomena.  Can be downloaded free and run on any platform.

Type of Method Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual, Intermediate Undergraduate
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, High School
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lab, Homework, Studio
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Projector in class, Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class
Skills Designed for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Laboratory skills, Designing experiments, Creativity
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, problem-solving pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, PUM, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, PI QM, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, MOP, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods PhET, OSP, CPU
Developer(s) Wolfgang Christian
Website http://www.compadre.org/physlets