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Improved Fluid Pressure and Flow


Fluid Pressure and Flow

A big Shout Out to Bernard LaCour who pointed out a bug in Fluid Pressure and Flow. As soon as we heard about the problem, we addressed the issue and posted the fix. We know how important it is to correct any issue with our simulations. So if you find a problem, please let us know through the PhET Help Desk at phethelp@colorado.edu.

Thank you Bernard!

Thursday

May 16

2013

Snell’s Law and Bending Light Activities


Bending Light

With Spring finally here and rainbows soon to follow, explore PhET’s Bending Light simulation and learn why rainbows are ROYGBIV.

Friday

May 10

2013

New Simulation: Energy Forms and Changes


Energy Forms and Changes

We’re excited to add our last Java-based simulation, Energy Forms and Changes. Explore how heating and cooling iron, brick, and water adds or removes energy. See how energy is transferred between objects. Build your own system, with energy sources, changers, and users. Track and visualize how energy flows and changes through your system.

Wednesday

Apr 24

2013

PhET’s Progress on iPad Compatibility

We’ve been busy working on making our simulations iPad compatible. We hope to have a number of them ready over the summer so they will be available for the 2013-2014 school year, including Build an Atom, Concentration, and Ohm’s Law.

Right now user donations are our key source of funding towards converting simulations to HTML5 and bringing them to iPad and Android tablets.

So please consider donating today. And, thank you to those of you who have already donated. Your support will help keep our work funded through the summer.

Donate Now to help support iPad compatibility!

Friday

Apr 12

2013

Teaching Modern Physics? Try PhET’s Photoelectric Effect

Photoelectric Effect

In the middle of modern physics? Try our “Intro to Photoelectric Effect Interactive Lecture.” These lecture notes include many concept questions and an interactive lecture demo, for a 2-3 day introduction to the Photoelectric Effect.

Monday

Apr 8

2013

Learn What Goes Into the Creation of a PhET Simulation

ResandDev

Ever wonder how a new simulation is created? In this new video PhET: Research and Development, you can see what’s behind the development of a PhET simulation and how we use research to enhance learning. Learn how we choose what topic to address, all the way through to how we test our simulations.

Wednesday

Mar 27

2013

New Improved Forces and Motion: Basics Simulation


Forces and Motion: Basics

With the new “Acceleration Lab” tab in the Forces and Motion: Basics simulation, students use an acceleration meter and a bucket of water to explore the concepts of speed, acceleration and net force, and learn how they relate to Newton’s Second Law of Motion: F=ma.

Wednesday

Mar 20

2013

New Radiating Charge Simulation


Radiating Charge

With the new Radiating Charge simulation, you can learn how electric field lines from a point charge evolve in time as the charge moves. Watch radiation propagate outward at the speed of light as you wiggle the charge. Stop a moving charge to see bremsstrahlung (braking) radiation. Explore the radiation patterns as the charge moves with sinusoidal, circular, or linear motion. You can move the charge any way you like, as long as you don’t exceed the speed of light.

Tuesday

Feb 26

2013

New Graphing Lines Simulation


Graphing Lines

We’re excited to add another simulation to our growing mathematics collection. With the new Graphing Lines simulation, explore the world of lines. Investigate the relationships between linear equations, slope, and graphs of lines. Challenge yourself in the line game!

Thursday

Feb 14

2013

Update on Java: Oracle Releases New Java Update 13 for Version 7

If you’re running Java 7, we strongly encourage you update to Java Update 13 (build 1.7.0_13-b20). This latest Java release includes critical security patches and makes running Java in the browser more safe.

Get the upgrade here:

http://www.java.com

And if you’d like to learn more about the update, read about it here:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57567412-83/oracle-pushes-out-new-java-update-to-patch-security-holes/

Note to Mac Users: to run our 3D simulations, Molecule Shapes or Plate Tectonics, you will still have to downgrade to Java 6 as described in our previous blog.

Thursday

Feb 7

2013