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Visualise Physics

Physics is tough enough when all we see are numbers, formulas and a few static diagrams. And tuition, mentoring or apprenticeship is not always aligned to our schedule or budget.

They say help comes to those who attempt to help themselves. So here are some simulations from Open Source Physics @ Singapore and PhET Interactive Simulation by University of Colorado Boulder and YouTube to help them deepen their understanding and application of the various topics even without their teachers or tutors. Hope it helps.

Physical Quantities, Units And Measurement
1. Pendulum

2. Vernier Calipers










3. Micrometer Screw Gauge










Kinematics
1. Graph Of Motion

Click to Run 2. Graph Of Projectile

3. Ramp


Dynamics
1. Forces And Motion (Basic)

2. Forces (1 Dimension)

3. Forces And Motion

Click to Run 4. Forces And Motion (Ramp)

Click to Run 5. Friction

6. Lunar Lander


Mass, Weight, Density
1. Density

2. Buoyancy In Water

3. Buoyancy In Air

Click to Run
Turning Effect Of Force
1. Balancing Act


Work, Energy, Power
1. Ska…
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No way.

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