Physics animations

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The Cloudworks Team
29 July 2008

An animated diagram can illustrate a physical process more clearly than a static one and encourage a deeper response from students.

 

Many topics in physics – falling bodies, Doppler shift, quantum mechanics – are to do with processes and changing quantities which are easier to understand if presented using animation. This library of Java applets includes many moving diagrams and graphs, with variable parameters and the facility to pause and step through the animation. They can be used simply for demonstration, or for posing as a problem for homework or discussion (eg explain the time interval between high tides, which graph represents which quantity, what current will be flowing in the circuit). [Wolfgang Christian]

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