Ranking Task Exercises
Physlets can be used with various teaching innovations.
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 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 Physlets can be set up and controlled
and EField for almost any topic in electrostatics with small changes in the
when needed using inter-applet communication.
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
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.