More vital than a book full of equations and physical laws, is the imagination of the physicist. For it is our imagination and physical intuition that lead us to new discoveries. Web pages such as this one help students see, and therefore be able to better imagine the world of quantum mechanics. The beauty of java applets is their ability to show experiments that are difficult, or even impossible to reproduce in the class room. For example, the applet displaying the spreading of the wave packet shows students something they could never see in real life by showing not only the way the packet spreads over time, but the real AND IMAGINARY components of the wave. Illustrations such as these simultaneously help the student understand the situations quantum mechanics deal with, and hopefully spark their imagination as well. The customizable nature of the applets transforms the simulations into virtual experiments, allowing the students to put their new knowledge to work. They can gain a wonderfull intuition about the various systems by playing with the different variables. With all this in mind, it is important to remember that the applets alone cannot do the full job of teaching quantum mechanics. No matter how interactive they are, they are still limited to the boundaries of their program. As a result they can never answer all the questions and address all the concerns of prospective students. They must retain their position in life as a teaching tool, not a teacher.
The provided text boxes are very small, making it impossible to read the entire text and view the applet at the same time. Given the wonderfull job the programmers did putting together these applets,
this is definately negligable, yet an annoying feature of this site. On the other hand I must comment that the translation from French to English was done quite well, with the exception of a few typos