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Celebrate Spring with Hooke’s Law

Hooke's Law

Celebrate Spring by playing with springs. Stretch and compress springs to explore the relationships between force, spring constant, displacement, and potential energy! Investigate what happens when two springs are connected in series and parallel.

Wednesday

Mar 30

2016

Gravity Force Lab 2.0 Now with Fixed Radius Feature

GravityForceLab 2.0

We’ve just published Gravity Force Lab 2.0 with a “Constant Radius” feature so that you can change the mass of the objects without changing their size. Thanks to the teacher who suggested this new feature so that students can’t assume size is related to mass.

Tuesday

Mar 22

2016

Explore Light and Optics with Bending Light Sim

BendingLightSim

Explore how light bends when it encounters an interface of two different indices of refraction with the HTML5 Bending Light sim. See how changing from air to water to glass changes the bending angle. Play with prisms of different shapes and make rainbows.

Thursday

Mar 17

2016

Teaching Electricity and Circuits?

cck-draft

Tired of the JAVA Circuit Construction Kit? Want an HTML5 version? So do we! But PhET needs your help. Please donate today to bring Circuit Construction Kit to HTML5.

Wednesday

Mar 9

2016

Neuron Simulation Now Available in HTML5

Neuron Sim

Try the new HTML5 Neuron simulation. Stimulate a neuron and monitor what happens. Pause, rewind, and move forward in time in order to observe the ions as they move across the neuron membrane.

Tuesday

Mar 1

2016

Looking for Sims for iPad or for Chromebooks?

ByDeviceScreen

Looking for device-specific simulations? Just go to By Device in the left-hand navigation column.

  • ‘iPad/Tablet’ lists all HTML5 sims or those that have an HTML5 version.
  • ‘Chromebook’ lists all HTML5 sims or those that have an HTML5 version as well as all Flash sims. (Chromebooks support Flash.)

Thursday

Feb 25

2016

Try the HTML5 Ohm’s Law

 

Ohm's Law

Try the ‪#‎HTML5‬ Ohm’s Law sim to 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.

Wednesday

Feb 17

2016

New HTML5 Trig Tour Sim

Trig Tour

We are excited to have just published the new HTML5 Trig Tour Sim. Take a tour of trigonometry using degrees or radians! Look for patterns in the values and on the graph when you change the value of theta. Compare the graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent.

Monday

Feb 8

2016

Tackling Faraday’s Law in E&M Soon?

Faraday's

Tackling Faraday’s Law soon? Try the HTML5‬ Faraday’s Law sim, now translated into over 18 languages.

Friday

Feb 5

2016

Have Some Winter Indoor Fun with Static Electricity

BalloonsandStatic

Stuck indoors? Have some fun with Balloons and Static Electricity. Rub the balloon on the sweater and see what happens.

 

Friday

Jan 29

2016