What is a Physlet?
applets”—are small, flexible Java applets that
can be used in a wide variety of WWW applications.
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.
for almost any subject in mechanics and EField for almost any topic in electrostatics with small
using inter-applet communication.
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
They can run on 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