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Physics Computer Simulations, Demonstrations & Examples

This page is home to computer simulations, demonstrations and example files relevant to my courses. Some of them may be for assignments; others are files that I may use or may have used in class as demonstrations or concept illustrations. See the end of the page for links to players & plugins for some media types and notes concerning specific applications.

Files not specifically created for assignments may not contain much or even any explanation as to their contents or how to use them. (This will normally be the case, for example, in files that I create for in-class demonstrations.) Most of them are works-in-progress — some more so than others. I nonetheless encourage you to play around with them! If you have any questions, always feel free to ask me.

Unless otherwise noted, files linked from this page are authored by me and I retain full copyright. They may not be used outside the context of my courses for any purpose without express permission from me.


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SHORTCUTS
Newtonian Kinematics & Dynamics
Rotational Kinematics & Dynamics
Gravitation
Simple Harmonic Motion
Waves & Sound
Fluids
Optics
Electrodynamics
Statistical Physics & Thermodynamics
Atomic, Nuclear & Particle Physics
Special Relativity
General Relativity
Quantum Mechanics
Vector Calculus & Coordinate Systems
Analytic Geometry
Calculus
Mathematical Physics



Newtonian Kinematics & Dynamics

Rotational Kinematics & Dynamics

Gravitation

Simple Harmonic Motion

Waves & Sound

Fluids

Optics

Electrodynamics

Statistical Physics & Thermodynamics

Atomic, Nuclear & Particle Physics

Special Relativity

General Relativity

Quantum Mechanics

Vector Calculus & Coordinate Systems

Analytic Geometry

Calculus

Mathematical Physics
Key to File Types:    ( Graphing Calculator gcf) ( IMG gif) ( IMG jpg) ( IMG png) ( Maple mws) ( Adobe pdf) ( QuickTime mov) ( WWW html) ( Zip Archive zip)


Media Formats

Application Notes

Graphing Calculator

Graphing Calculator is installed on all the lab machines in SCA 112, both Macintosh and Windows. It should also be on the Windows boxes in SCA 106 and available through the Physics Desktop. It's an amazing program — far more powerful than its simple interface may suggest — but it is also a bit quirky, and can take some practice to master. That said, for simple plotting tasks it is very easy to use. The "Help", "Demo", and "Examples" menus are a great way to learn your way around the program if you're curious.

Something to warn you of right off the bat: Graphing Calculator reserves a large number of symbols for its own use. As one particular, this means that x is always the dependent variable (i.e. on the x-axis), even if what you are plotting is a function of time. More generally, x, y, z, t, n, u, v, w all have special meanings to Graphing Calculator, and at present you cannot redefine them for your own use. (Studying the examples and help will alert you to the usage of most of these reserved symbols; search the help for "special symbols" for a list.) Moreover, the only greek characters Graphing Calculator recognizes are those reserved for its own use. These limitations are one reason my choices of notation in these files is sometimes awkward. One consequence in particular is that my notational choices in the files are often different from what you may see in class or in the book. For example, if you study the files I write, you will note that I normally use uppercase letters in my definitions.

A final word of caution: the Macintosh version of Graphing Calculator supports some features that the Windows version does not. If a file fails to open in the Windows version, it probably employs one of those features, and will only work properly on a Macintosh.

Graphing Calculator is made by Pacific Tech.

Igor Pro

Igor Pro should be installed on the machines in SCA 106, 110 and 112, both Macintosh and Windows, and available through the Physics Desktop.

Igor Pro is made by WaveMetrics.

Logger Pro

Logger Pro 3 is installed on the machines in SCA 106, 110 and 112, both Macintosh and Windows, and in the introductory physics lab (Coyne 123).

Logger Pro is made by Vernier.

Maple

Maple files were created in Maple 9.5 or later; those created in more recent versions of Maple may not open properly in older versions that may still be installed on some machines on campus.

Maple is made by MapleSoft (also known as Waterloo Maple.)




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