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First Semester Physics Simulations

A complete set of simulations for a first semester college physics class.

Forced Oscillations (Resonance)

The top of a spring pendulum (red circle) is moved to and fro - for example by hand; this motion is assumed as harmonic,... see more

Physics Demo Videos

A collection of over 140 videos of Physics Demonstrations covering a wide variety of topics, from mechanics to atomic.... see more

An Oscillator

This applet shows a unique form of oscillator created by an board resting on two counter-rotating wheels. Changes in the... see more

Classical Physics Online

Set of java applets for illustrating classical physics (highschool level), including gravitation, electric and magnetic... see more

Coupled Oscillation Simulation

Animates the motion of a linear array of particles joined by springs. The use can adjust the number of particles, their... see more

Coupled Pendula

This simulation shows two pendula coupled by a spring which has a small spring constant (weak coupling). For such systems... see more

Masses and Springs Lab

A simulation of masses hung from a scale including gravity. Virtual lab tools, including a ruler and a stopwatch can be... see more

Oscillation and Wave

Graphically illustrates harmonic oscillation with a mass attached to a spring.

Simple Harmonic Motion

This simulation lets users alter a variety of variables for simple harmonic motion for two systems: a spring with a... see more

Spring-mass oscillator and circular... Spring-mass oscillator and circular motion

This applet shows the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator in one dimension. Position, velocity, and acceleration can... see more

Pendulum

User can change the length, the mass of the bob or constant of gravitational accleration, by typing values in the... see more

Damped Harmonic Motion

Java applet for dampled harmonic motion. Source code available at http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~ewoolgar/java/Hooke/

Spring Force and SHM (simple harmonic... Spring Force and SHM (simple harmonic motion)

This applet shows a hanging mass on a spring. Users may add or remove mass from the spring to change the equilibrium... see more

Circular motion and Simple harmonic... Circular motion and Simple harmonic motion (Physics)

Presentation of circular and simple harmonic motion.

Uniform Circular/SHO Motion

Clearly displays the relationship between circular motion, the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator, and the plot of a... see more

Composition of harmonic motions

Interactive applet with proposed activities

Coupled Oscillators

Applet demonstrates the motion of two coupled oscillators.

Forced Oscillator

An applet of a forced oscillator. The applet includes damping and a phase-space plot. Mirror at... see more

Oscillation of a System of Particles

Applets and tutorial on mechanical waves. One applet covers the normal modes of vibration, the other covers a forced... see more

Oscillations by Franco Garcia

This is a complete tutorial on oscillatory motion, complete with extensive explanations and references. On the left side... see more

Damped Harmonic Oscillator

This applet provides a simulation of an oscillator damped by friction. The initial position and the coefficient of... see more

Lissajous Figures

Demonstrates the path of particles that describe Lissajous figures.

Simple Harmonic Motion

Java applet demonstrating simple harmonic motion.