Physlet® Conditions of Use

Physlets®, i.e., the Java applets themselves, are a registered trademark of Wolfgang Christian. 

Physlet® Problems, i.e., the text and associated script, are copyrighted by Prentice Hall, the problem author, or are in the public domain.  Please see the credits at the bottom of each HTML page.

Physlet Problems are available on Prentice Hall Companion Websites.  These sites currently incorporate Physlet Problems for Physics: Principles with Applications (5 th ed.) and Physics for Scientists and Engineer, both by Douglas Giancoli  and College Physics by Jerry Wilson and Anthony Buffa  We are currently developing additional Physlet Problems for additional texts including Physics (preliminary edition) by Eric Mazur.

Noncommercial Use

Except for the condition noted below, Physlets may be used for non-profit, educational purposes without requesting permission of Davidson College.

Conditions for Use

Physlets may be used for non-profit, educational purposes without requesting permission of Davidson College under the following conditions:

  1. That the text and script of Physlets Problems, that is, problems that make use of Physlets to provide animation or other types of Physics content, be placed in the public domain.

  2. That Davidson College should be credited as the source of the Physlet on at least one HTML page of the instructional unit where these applets are being used. (An instructional unit would be a course or a collection of problems with a unifying theme.)   The following logo or simply the name "Davidson College" with a link to the Davidson College Physlet Archive serves this purpose.

  3. Credit does NOT have to be given on every problem or HTML page that contains a Physlet problem.  We encourage authors to make the integration of Physlets into their curriculum material as seamless as possible.

  4. Publications which result obtained from using Physlets will reference this site.

Please share your work.  Authors who have written Physlet problems are encouraged to send us short email with a link to their problems.