PhET is a suite of research-based interactive computer simulations for teaching and learning physics , chemistry, math, and other sciences. They emphasize the connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, and help make the visual and conceptual models of expert scientists accessible to students.
Download the PhET CD-ROM Distribution archive onto your computer (280 MB). Extract the contents of the archive (on most operating systems, this is done by double-clicking the downloaded file). Copy all the files to the CD-ROM. Please remember to periodically check for updated versions of the PhET simulations .
Creating PhET Interactive Simulations Activities Define specific learning goals. Give only minimal directions on sim use. Connect and build on students’ prior knowledge & understanding. Encourage students to use sense- making and reasoning. Connect to and make sense of real-world experiences. Design collaborative activities. Help students monitor their understanding.
The PhET Simulations Android app is compatible with select Chromebooks and allows native offline use of all the HTML5 sims and can be downloaded from Google Play.
The Simple Wave Simulator Interactive provides the learner with a virtual wave machine for exploring the nature of a wave , quantitative relationships between wavelength, frequency and speed, and comparisons between transverse waves such as those traveling through a rope and longitudinal waves such as sound.
A physics simulation starts with a mathematical model whose variables define the state of the system at a given time. Each variable represents the position or velocity of some part of the system. The heart of a physics simulation is the set of differential equations that describe how the variables evolve over time.
PhET simulations are written in three different programming languages: Java, Flash , and HTML5.
How do I embed PhET simulations? Click the ” Embed ” button under the simulation you would like to embed . This will bring up a text box of html code that you can copy and paste in order to embed the sim. Flash sims may be directly embedded or linked via an image to launch the sim.
Web-based simulation (WBS) is the invocation of computer simulation services over the World Wide Web, specifically through a web browser.
To do this: Download the . jar file for each sim you would like to use (or download all of them). In Finder, right/control click the icon of the sim. Select Open from the top of the contextual menu that appears. Click Open in the dialog box. If prompted, enter an administrator name and password.
Simply do the following steps: Sign on to your Chromebook . Click on the Launcher button at the bottom-left. Find the “Play Store” app and launch it. Search for “ sims freeplay” on the Play Store. Click “Install” to add it to your device.