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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

a perfect square v²+2v+_
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kkk nice
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algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
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if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
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rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
how did I we'll learn this
Noor Reply
f(x)= 2|x+5| find f(-6)
Prince Reply
f(n)= 2n + 1
Samantha Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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