Physlet Physics 3E Volume I: JavaScript Edition

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Physlet Physics 3E: Volume I contains a collection of exercises spanning the introductory physics sequence. These exercises use computer animations generated in JavaScript applets to show physics content on desktop and laptop computers. We call these Java applets Physlets (Physics content simulated with JavaScript applets written at Davidson College). Every chapter of Physlet Physics contains three quite different Physlet-based exercises: Illustrations, Explorations, and Problems. Illustrations are designed to demonstrate physical concepts. Explorations are tutorial in nature. Problems are interactive versions of the kind of exercises typically assigned for homework. This electronic book contains the narrative to all 800 exercises and links to the interactive content. The interactive content requires a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone and a JavaScript-enabled browser to run.


The first edition of Physlet Physics was an interactive book and CD for the teaching of introductory modern physics and quantum mechanics on the college level. Physlet Physics was originally published as part of Prentice Hall’s Series in Educational Innovation. 


The second edition of Physlet Physics represented a major change in how the 800 Physlet-based interactive materials were delivered to teachers and students alike. Instead of accessing materials off of the CD that came with the first edition, accessed the Physlet Physics 2E AAPT ComPADRE site via a Java-enabled browser on desktop and laptop computers. 


For the third edition of Physlet Physics, all applets are now JavaScript and can be accessed on any device and browser via links in this book or directly at http://compadre.org/physlets/. The JavaScript-based materials described in this book run on tablets and phones, as well as desktop and laptop computers.              

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