The Physlet® Resource

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The Physlet Resource is a collection of material designed to supplement and extend the Physlets book.  We have chosen examples that demonstrate a wide variety of scripting techniques, but some of the examples are only proof-of-concept and are in beta testing.   

Although the primary purpose if this Resource is to provide ready-to-use examples of Physlet problems, it also contains the most recent versions of Physlet jar files.  These files are located in the class subdirectory at the root of this resource.  You may also download the latest jars from the "Download" link off of the main Physlets site.

This Resource was last updated on January 17, 2006 for the Winter 2006 AAPT workshop in Anchorage, AK. Please send us your improvements and bug reports. We will incorporate new material in the next release of this Resource at the Summer 2006 AAPT workshop in Syracuse, NY.


The Physics Teacher (December 2005) published an article describing Physlet-based special relativity exercises. Examples from this article are available HERE.

The Physics Teacher (May 2004) published an article describing Physlet-based special relativity exercises. Examples from this article are available HERE.  The laboratory version (narrative by Tim Gfroerer) of our materials can be found HERE.

Physics Education (September 2003) recently published a feature article describing our thermodynamics work with Physlets. Examples from this article are available HERE.

Computing in Science and Engineering (January/February 2003) published an article in their education section describing our quantum mechanics work with Physlets. Examples from this article are available HERE.  A more complete collection is on this CD at Davidson QM.

The Physics Teacher (October 2002) published a feature article describing the Optics Bench Physlet. Examples from this article are available HERE.


The following authors have contributed problems to this Resource:

This Physlet Resource Page has been translated into French by Natalie Hartman.

Contact Wolfgang Christian or Mario Belloni for information about Physlets workshop.


Physlets: Teaching with Interactive Curricular Material by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni can be ordered from on-line booksellers.  It is also available from your Prentice Hall textbook representative.

Physlets have been funded, in part, by NSF
(under DUE-9752365 and DUE-0126439).