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A review of the PhET Simulations website. Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado – it's free! Helps students visually comprehend concepts.

Phet simulations

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  • Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado – it'sfree!
  • The PhET simulation design principles are based on research on how students learn
  • PhET simulations have been found to be very effective in lectures, in class activities, lab and homework
  • Designed with minimal text so that they can easily be integrated into every aspect of a course

What the website offers:

  • It enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding andappreciation of the physical world
  • Helps students visually comprehend concepts
  • PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation,sliders and radio buttons
  • In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches,voltmeters and thermometers
  • As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effectrelationships as well as multiple linked representations
  • There are simulations for physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, maths
  • You can also search for them by grade level (American standards)
  • You can find some simulations in Afrikaans (and many other languages too)

For teachers:

  • There is a page dedicated to teachers – an ideas and activity page: (External Link)
  • There are teacher submitted contributions, designed to be used in conjunction with the PhET simulations
  • These contributions include homework assignments, lectures, activities, concept questions and more, and enable you to get the most out ofyour PhET experience
  • If you have developed your own material, they encourage you to contribute it

Questions & Answers

what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
China
Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
how to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles by chemical methods
Zubear
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, Physics - open resources and tools. OpenStax CNX. Jun 02, 2011 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11308/1.3
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