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A review of the PhET Simulations website. Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado – it's free! Helps students visually comprehend concepts.

Phet simulations

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  • Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado – it'sfree!
  • The PhET simulation design principles are based on research on how students learn
  • PhET simulations have been found to be very effective in lectures, in class activities, lab and homework
  • Designed with minimal text so that they can easily be integrated into every aspect of a course

What the website offers:

  • It enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding andappreciation of the physical world
  • Helps students visually comprehend concepts
  • PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation,sliders and radio buttons
  • In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches,voltmeters and thermometers
  • As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effectrelationships as well as multiple linked representations
  • There are simulations for physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, maths
  • You can also search for them by grade level (American standards)
  • You can find some simulations in Afrikaans (and many other languages too)

For teachers:

  • There is a page dedicated to teachers – an ideas and activity page: (External Link)
  • There are teacher submitted contributions, designed to be used in conjunction with the PhET simulations
  • These contributions include homework assignments, lectures, activities, concept questions and more, and enable you to get the most out ofyour PhET experience
  • If you have developed your own material, they encourage you to contribute it

Questions & Answers

I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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