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Archive for February, 2014

Have You Seen the Plans for the “Teach with PhET” Site?

Teach with PhET Protoypte


Have you tried our prototype of the “Teach with PhET” site?

“Teach with PhET” will provide teachers – in neighborhood schools around the world – with the resources, guidelines and community needed to effectively utilize our simulations. See the screen designs and features that we hope to include.


Feb 24


Have You Tried Ohm’s Law on Tablets?

Ohm's Law


Have you tried the HTML5 version of Ohm’s Law?

See how the equation form of Ohm’s law relates to a simple circuit. Adjust the voltage and resistance, and see the current change according to Ohm’s law. The sizes of the symbols in the equation change to match the circuit diagram.


Feb 17


How Do You Use PhET?

During our survey, we asked out teachers how they used PhET. One of the comments was:

“PhET allows me to individualize the pace for my students since they can complete the simulations at their own pace and on any computer, at school, the library, or even at home. The simulations also allow me to address different learning styles, particularly visual and kinesthetic modalities, which can be challenging to accommodate in the science classroom. I feel like the PhET simulations and the accompanying activities make me a more effective and responsive teacher.”

How do you use PhET?


Feb 11


Forces and Motion: Basics

Forces and Motion Basic

Have you tried the  HTML5 iPad-compatible Forces and Motion: Basics simulation? Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Don’t forget that teaching resources, including teacher activities, can be found at

Like our tablet-compatible simulations? Support bringing Circuit Construction Kit to iPads:

Or support building the “Teach with PhET” website:

Every donation helps! Together we can improve the way science and math are learned.


Feb 5