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Try PhET’s Next-Gen Sims with Assessment Features

PhET Metacog Task Demo

Try PhET’s next-gen interoperable Concentration sim when it’s been linked with our partner metacog‘s rubric-based scoring. Try the task of making a batch of Invisible Ink and see how you do in real time. Learn about metacog’s rubric-based scoring in this video.


Aug 12


Make Up Some Drinks with Concentration

Make up some summer drinks and test the concentration with our Concentration sim!

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Jul 23


Next-Generation PhET Sims with Assessment Features

We’ve been working hard on the Next-Generation PhET Sims. Our new partner, metacog, Inc., is unlocking the power of these enhanced sims, by linking up PhET’s emerging line of interoperable simulations with metacog deep-learning analytics services. With PhET plus metacog, you can capture student sim interactions, and gain insight on how students approach learning challenges with on-demand playback, automated rubric-based scoring, and real-time visualization capabilities.

For more information, visit


Jul 16


29 HTML5 Sims and More Over the Summer…

We are busy working this summer to have more HTML5 sims ready for the 2015-2016 school year, as well as many other improvements to our website and teacher support and development.

Enjoy the summer! And, keep up-to-date with the latest at PhET on our social media sites including PhET’s BlogFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Jul 7


See the New HTML5 Simulation Pages Now LIVE!

New HTML5 Page

We are excited to now have individual HTML5 sim pages where you can easily access sample learning goals (under About), Teacher Tips and Activities (under For Teachers), Related Simulations, and Software Requirements. With the new pulldown menus, everything about the simulation is on a single screen. There’s also a link to conveniently access the corresponding original JAVA/Flash sims and their translations.

And don’t forget to help bring more improvements and HTML5 sims by donating at:


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Thanks for your support!


May 27


Water Waves, Jump Rope Waves: Explore with Wave on a String


Use the #HTML5 Wave on a String to learn about wave properties. Watch a string vibrate in slow motion. Wiggle the end of the string and make waves, or adjust the frequency and amplitude of an oscillator. Adjust the damping and tension. The end can be fixed, loose, or open.


Apr 30


New #HTML5 Molecules and Light


Try the new #HTML5 Molecules and Light simulation. Do you ever wonder how a greenhouse gas affects the climate, or why the ozone layer is important? Use the sim to explore how light interacts with molecules in our atmosphere.


Apr 20


See PhET at NCTM 2015 April 15-18 in Boston


See us at our Booth #647 at the exhibit hall. And, on Friday, learn about how to use PhET Sims in your math classes with Karina Hansberry and Amanda McGarry.

Practical Strategies for Teaching with Interactive Computer Simulations
Friday, April 17, 2015: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
153 C (BCEC)
You can use interactive simulations (sims) to engage your students with math content and support their development of the CCSS mathematical practices. Learn practical strategies for integrating sims into your teaching and designing sim-based activities. Videos of teacher practices for effective sim use and lesson plans will be shared.


Apr 9


New HTML5 Simulations: Molecule Shapes and Molecule Shapes: Basics

Molecule Shapes

Now both Molecule Shapes and Molecule Shapes: Basics are available in HTML5. Explore molecule shapes by building molecules now with your fingers! Learn how molecule shapes change and what affects them.


Apr 6


New #HTML5 Least-Squares Regression Simulation

Least-Squares Regression

In the new #HTML5 Least-Squares Regression simulation, students can flexibly explore ideas related to correlation, best-fit lines, residuals, and outliers. Build a data set or use real-world data to discover the meaning of a correlation coefficient and determine when a linear fit is reasonable.

Least-Squares Regression is appropriate for any grade level that is studying scatter plots, best-fit lines, regression, or correlation, and is specifically aligned with Common Core State Standards in high-school mathematics.


Mar 31