Java Demonstrations

U of I Classroom Book Marked Sites


Powers of 10 Java


Flying Circus of Physics


Archive of 300 Video Clips from




7 Stones

      Education, Entertainment, and Computational interactive demos. (Macromedia Shockwave player)

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

   This website contains animations which visualize certain concepts concerning acoustics and vibration.

Atomic Alchemy: Nuclear Processes

   Several applets describing the nuclear process and the atom. (Runs best with Internet Explorer)

Bryn Mawr: Interactive Physics on the Web

        A collection of rated applets at Bryn Mawr.

Catholic Memorial Physics
   Physics Demonstrations

Computational Physics Applets

Bilingual effort with University of Antiopuia. Includes chaos fractals, and partial accelerators.

   An open directory project

Electricity and Magnetism Introduction

    A collection of electronics resources from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.  Visualizations include the Drude-like "molecular-level" model of resistance, an Ohm's law simulator and field effect transistor (FET) function.

David Harrison Flash Physics Animations

   An archive of Flash-based physics demonstrations.

Davidson Physics
   Several various physics java applets

Fowlers Physics Applets
   More applets

Franz - Josef Elmer Homepage

    Interesting set of applets including:  Brownian motor, Root of polynomial, and the Pendulum lab.

   An on-line course on dynamics: the study of motion


   An online Roller Coaster simulator.

General Physics Java Applets

   Physics applets by B. Surendranath Reddy.

Interactive Physics

   Educational software from Design Simulation Technologies, makes it easy to observe, discover, and explore the physical world through exciting simulation. This easy-to-use program will support the most basic to complex topics in STEM education.

Interactive Physics and Math with Java

   Physics and Math Applets by Sergey Kiselev and Tanya Yanovsky-Kiselev.
   Some run time animations.

MIT Physics 8.2 Electricity and Magnetism: Technology Enabled Active Learning Main Page

Java and Shockwave animations covering areas of vector field, electrostatics, magnetostatics, Faraday's Law, and light.

Molecule 6

   Shows stable modes of an atom that has 6 springs that can be varied.

MyPhysicsLab - Physics Simulation in Java

  20 different classical mechanics simulation -- interactive, animated, running in real-time using Java. Springs and masses, pendulums, roller coasters, etc. You can move objects or change parameters like gravity, friction, etc. Full math explanations and free source code is provided.

Online educational resource for Physics Teachers

  Mostly Java applets.

Open Source Physics: Simulations.

Large collection of simulations.

PhET Interactive Simulations

  Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. 


       Free physics simulation program available for download

Physical Science Resource Center
   A project of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Physics 2000: A University of Colorado At Boulder Website 
   A project by University of Colorado at Boulder

Physics 3220 Quantum Animations

   Mathematica Notebooks, part of a course in quantum mechanics at the University of Colorado.

Physics Applets

   About 50 excellent simulations by Paul Falstad.

Physics Applets (University of Oregon)

   About 40 animations concerning Energy and the Environment.

Physics Applets : Quantum Mechanics
   A trio of applets

Physics Curriculum & Instruction

   Physics Curriculum & Instruction educational software programs address a variety of topics in physics, astronomy, and physical science. These highly-acclaimed software programs have become standard education tools in high schools and colleges throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and many countries worldwide.

Physics Flashlets

  A collection of Flash animations to make learning physics easier by Michael Fowler.

Physics & Physical Science applets
   Science applets and activities by the BBC.

Physics Simulations

   Simulations based on similar set at Davidson College.

Project Interactivate

  Resource for teachers.

SciTech Hands-on Museum
   Has Java applets on atoms, nuclei, quarks, and gluons.


   The online toy where you can build and play with things made out of masses, springs and muscles.

Steven Black's Home Page

   A collection of simple applets designed for use at Washburn University.

Syracuse University

   A collection of Java Applets.

The Applet Collection

   These applets enable you to study simple physical systems in a playful way. They are idealizations of realistic scenarios, which follow the proper equations that also govern the real experimental systems.

The Northwestern Virtual Physics Lab
   Many varying physics java applets

The Virtual Laboratory
   TIPTOP The Internet Pilot to Physics

University of Virginia (UVA) Virtual Labortory
   A collection of 3-D virtual reality animations on the topics of micorelectronics, nanoscience, and relevant physical electronics.

Virtual Physics Laboratory
   Updated monthly

Virtual Physics Labs

   Labs accompany Kinetic Books text, and are written at three levels: Conceptual Physics, Principals of Physics, and Physics for Scientists and Engineers.

Visual Quantum Mechanics

The Visual Quantum Mechanics project introduces quantum physics to high school and college students who do not have a background in modern physics or higher-level math.

Walter Fendt's Java Applets on Physics

   Topics include mechanics, oscillations and waves, electrodynamics, optics, thermodynamics, relativity, atomic and nuclear.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

   A free resource of interactive visualizations, from elementary education to the frontier of research.   

Yummy Physics

  This site is to help students on the fundamentals of thermodynamics and its application when cooking or baking foods.


Minerals, Crystals, and Crystal Structure


40 Common Minerals | Tungsten, Silver, Feldspar & more! - Larson Jewelers

American Elements

  Describes the research and uses of each of the elements including properties, safety data and applications.

Interactive Tutorialing about Diffraction

   Teaches student how diffraction patterns reveal crystal structure.

Mineralogy Database

  This mineral database contains more than 5,000 web pages of mineral data. Some Java demos of crystals and crystalline structure.


Online Schools: Lesson Plans for Growing Crystals

  Resources and instructions for growing crystals.

Home Hobbies: Rock Collecting

Viewing the Periodic Table of the Elements with X-rays

   View the x-ray spectra for 63 different




Dan Russell's Acoustics and Vibration Animations, Waves

  Animations of acoustics and vibrations.

Music Science at the University New South Wales

     The spectra, harmonics, and other characteristics of many instruments.

Recorded Marine Mammal Voices

Listen to marine mammal voices and view the corresponding sound spectra.


Atmospheric Optics


Atmospheric Optical Phenomena


More Images of Atmospheric Optical Phenomena


Cool Videos


F-14 Shockwave movie 1

F-14 Shockwave movie 2



Optics Sites


A More Sophisticated Geometric Optics Applet

   It supports multiple optical components


Affordable Optics Demonstrations and Activities

      Cool optics and atmospheric optics demonstrations from the "Cool Stuff Newsletter".



A Guide to stereograms: how they work, what they are, and a list of resources to making your own.


Bob Miller's Light Walk

   Unique discoveries will change the way
you look at light, shadow, and images.


Brain Games and Optical Illusions

   Health related brain games and optical illusions.





Grand Illusions
   Some incredible optical illusions.

Grab Your Glasses: It's Optical Illusion Time!


Interactive Optics Java Tutorials

   Interactive tutorials from the "Science, Optics, and You" science curriculum package.


Optical Illusions
   A set of 27 optical illusions.  (Download speed may be slow).

Optical Illusions 4 Kids


Optics for Kids
   Games and experiments for children and lesson plans for teachers, parents, and guardians.


Project Lite -Light Inquiry Through Experiments

   Project LITE is an undergraduate educational materials development project located in the Science and Mathematics Education Center at Boston University supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Shadow/Image and Color

   A look at how a light, an object, and screen position determines shadow shape, size, and area.


Some Wave Optics Simulations

       It shows how wave fronts behave during refraction and reflection (Huygens' principle)


Teaching with Physlets®: Examples From Optics


Thin Lens Java Applet
   An optics demo


UF Applets
   Light and Optics demonstrations.






Bob DeSerio's Work

      The Capacity Dimension of the Poincare Section and the Lyaponov Exponents of the attractor are computed.

Astronomy Sites

3-D Early Per Worldmian
   Run-time animation of a Pangea type super continent world.

A Sampling of Hands-On Astronomy Activities.

     From Project ASTRO™ and the resource notebook series.


Can Stock Photo

  Over 24,000 astronomy related pictures available for purchase or for free. 



  Extensive collection of astronomy poster and prints.


Earth and Moon Viewer.

     Astronomy Web site for Earth & Moon Views.



     Fotosearch provides almost 30,000 images including photographs, illustrations, and footage.  Image galleries are free to view and useful for finding examples.

 An extensive collection of free small astronomy posters and prints.  This selection of astronomy work from artists, photographers, and designers from around the world.


Go Graph

     Go Graph Stock Photography offers over 18 million affordable royalty free stock photos, illustrations, vector clip art and royalty-free footage clips.  The database contains over 35,000 astronomy-related images. 



     On this Web site (which will expand in winter 2004), we'll explore Saturn and its environs, adding new images and information as they become available.

Saturn: The Cassini Mission

Scientific Explorations and Adventures with Paul Doherty. Explore the World, Do Experiments. Examine scientific images.
University of Oregon Virtual Laboratory
   Features applets dealing with astrophysics, energy and environment, mechanics, and thermodynamics.


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