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written by Wolfgang Christian
Physlets are small scriptable java applets meant to be used for educational illustrations and simulations.  There are applets covering physics topics from mechanics and E&M through quantum physics and relativity.  There are also a wide range of tools for input and display of information.  Examples of the educational use of Physlets are available from users around the world.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.1 of Java.
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General Physics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Metadata instance created February 23, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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August 19, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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Is Referenced By NatSim-Search - Natural Science Simulations and Physlets Database

The Physlet Search Engine can be used to find scripted Physlets examples from around the world.  Also includes non-Physlet teaching applet resources.

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Is the Basis For Solutions to the One-dimensional Time-independent Schrodinger Equation

This is an example of the use of the quantum bound state physlet.

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Contains Physlets: Chapter 7: Classroom Exercises

This is the portal for In-Class physlet exercises on the topics of mechanics, electromagnetism, and advanced physics.

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Contains Physlets Chapter 8: Mechanics, Waves and Thermodynamics Physlet-Based Curriculum

This is the main page for introductory physlet-based problems on mechanics.  Included are sample discussion questions, problem solutions, and explanations of phenomena depicted.

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