Ranking Task Exercises
Physlets can be used with various teaching innovations.
Physlets are simple. The graphics are simple; each Physlet is designed to deal
with only one facet of physical phenomena, and does not incorporate very much in the way of
data analysis. This keeps Physlets relatively
small—easing downloading problems over slow network connections—and removes details that
could be more distracting than helpful.
Physlets are flexible. All
any subject in mechanics and EField for almost any topic in electrostatics with small changes
using inter-applet communication.
Physlet-based pedagogy is
agnostic. Physlets can be used as an element of almost any curriculum
with almost any teaching style. Although we believe that interactive engagement methods
such as Just-in-Time Teaching, Peer Instruction, or Tutorials can improve pedagogy, Physlets
can be used as traditional lecture demonstrations and can be given as end-of-chapter homework.
Physlets are Web based. They can run on (almost) any platform and be
embedded in almost any type of html document, whether it be a homework assignment, a personal
website, or an extensive science out-reach site. Physlets
can be used as an element of almost any curriculum.
Physlets are free for noncommercial use. Physlet archives, that is,
compressed archives containing compiled Java programs, can be downloaded from the Davidson
College WebPhysics server.