Science Simulations

Minds•On Physics - Exploration to accompany the MOP textbooks. These are animated simulations of some of the questions and the readings in the book. (physlet)

Tools for Scientific Thinking Motion Simulations - Plot graphs of position, velocity, acceleration vs time as various objects move.  These are designed to be explorations and can simulate an apparatus in Tools for Scientific Thinking and Real Time Physics Labs. (physlet)

The following list is a set of simulations that I consider to be useful.

Many simulations for physics, math, and chemistry designed by the PER group at U. Colorado.  They have used extensive research in designing their simulations so they are highly recommended.


Many simulations.  These are good simulations, but they often include some theory on the web page which is undesirable for exploration.


Virtual Physics Laboratory


Atomic Models

Rutherford Model
Thomson Model


            Electrostatic Explorations (physlet)



Newtonian Cannon - Orbits around earth from a mountain
Projectile Motion – Exploration - Vx, Vy, Mass, Wind resistance may be varied (physlet)

Molecular Models

Atmospheric Pressure
Brownian Motion exploration (physlet)
Ideal Gas I exploration (physlet)
Nonideal gas exploration (physlet)
Solid exploration (physlet)
Osmosis exploration (physlet)
Specific Heat (physlet)
One Atom Gas



Vector Calculator


Mixing Colors - Primary colors of light modified version supplied by author
Colored light or paint mixing – Any colors. (physlet)

Reflected Colors – How colored objects look in various lighting. (Physlet)


Gravitational force of Planets


Large Digital Clock