Physlets are physics applets that are free for non-commercial use and were created by the same team as the Open Source Physics Project. Since their creation at Davidson College in 1998, over 2,000 individual exercises have been created using Physlets for the teaching and learning of astronomy and physics on a variety of levels and a variety of settings. Physlets have also been used in a number of textbooks, and have been translated into a number of languages including: Spanish, Slovenian, German, Hebrew, and Portuguese.
- Physlets use simple graphics to convey only the salient features of physical phenomena.
- Physlet-based exercises can be used as part of almost any curriculum with almost any teaching style.
- Physlets are Web based and run on any platform (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux).
- Physlets are free for noncommercial use. The Java programs themselves are free and can be downloaded from the ComPADREPhyslet site.
As "Physlet" is a registered trademark, this word may not be appropriate to name arbitrary Java applet that demonstrates physical laws without approval from the trademark owners.
- M. Belloni, W. Christian, and A. J. Cox, "Teaching Qualitative Energy-eigenfunction Shape with Physlets," The Physics Teacher 45, 488-491 (2007).
- M. Dancy, W. Christian, and M. Belloni, "Teaching with Physlets: Examples from Optics," The Physics Teacher 40, 494 (2002).
- W. Christian and M. Belloni, "Physlets: Teaching Physics with Interactive Curricular Material," Prentice Hall (2000).