Physics Interactives (Beta)
Welcome to Interactives! This section of our website features a collection of HTML5 widgets that allow a user to interactively explore a physics concept. Each interactive pertains to a different concept. They are intended to be used by the individual student or learner who is attempting to further understand the concept or by a teacher-led classroom as part of a lesson or homework assignment. Most of the Interactives are accompanied by an activity sheet that suggests ways to use the widget.
The Physics Interactives section of our website is still under development. It made its debeau in May, 2014. We will be adding to this section over the course of the next year. As such, you will have to pardon our pixel dust as we work hard at creating resources that not only work but work well on all modern devices.
DC Circuit Builder
Created by our friends at Nerd Island Studios, the DC Circuit Builder provides the user with a virtual electronic circuit board. Add resistors, light bulbs, wires and ammeters to build a circuit, Compare and contrast series, parallel and combination circuits. Use a voltmeter to measure voltage drops. Do all this without the fear of being electrocuted (as long as you don't do it in the bath tub). The Physics Classroom has prepared three different activity sheets to accompany DC Circuit Builder.
Visit DC Circuit Builder.
Roller Coaster Design (coming soon)
The Roller Coaster Design widget allows the user to investigate the effect of design parameters upon the safety and thrill of a roller coaster ride. Users can modify the height and radius of curvature of loops and hills and investigate the effect of such changes upon the rider's experience. The widget is accompanied by an activity sheet.
Open Roller Coaster Design (coming soon)