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Archive for December, 2010

New Build an Atom Game Tab

Build An Atom
Play the new Build An Atom game. Test your knowledge of atomic (and ionic) configurations after you’ve built your own atoms. Just click on the new game tab.


Dec 23


Explore Floating and Sinking with the Density Sim

Density Sim

Learn why different materials of different sizes float and sink with the new Density sim. Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? The Density sim has a set of great teaching ideas with pre-lab, post-lab, teaching notes and sim activities to help you through your lesson plan.


Dec 15


Preview the New Capacitor Lab Sim

Capacitor Lab

Preview the newly released Capacitor Lab sim Version 1.0. Change the distance between the plates, add a dielectric, then measure the electric field and voltage.
Note: this simulation is “Under Construction.”


Dec 7


Entire Website Now Translatable!

The entire PhET website is now available in Greek and Brazilian Portuguese. Look for more languages to come.


Dec 6


Learn about Acids and Bases with the New Acid-Base Solutions Sim

Acid-Base Solutions

Try out our new Acid-Base Solutions sim. Use lab tools on your computer to find out how strong and weak acids differ. Dip the paper or the probe into solution to measure the pH, or put in the electrodes to measure the conductivity.


Dec 1