FOLDER NAME

EXECUTABLE NAME 

CATEGORY

SHORT DESCRIPTION

1

ACCELERATION

ACB_ACCELERATION

MOTION

Constant velocity motion of three cars.  Snapshots at equal time intervals.  Graphs of distance versus time.

2

BARN_PARADOX

ACB_BARN

RELATIVITY

Classic barn paradox done with a spaceship and rocket barn.  Both the fixed observer and the moving observer points of view are shown.

3

BAROMETER

ACB_BAROMETER

THERMAL

Simple description of a barometer.

4

BOIL

ACB_BOIL

THERMAL

Calorimetric description of taking ice from -25 degrees to boiling it away.

5

BOUNCE

ACB_BOUNCE

MOTION

Companion to the THROW animations showing a bouncing ball.  Several physical quantities are graphed with the motion.

6

CAMERA

ACB_CAMERA

OPTICS

Operation of a camera.  Depth of field and field of view concepts.

7

CHAIN_REACTION

ACB_CHAIN

ENERGY

An actual experiment (runs differently each time) to demonstrate the process and to determine the ‘critical mass’.

8

COLLISIONS

ACB_COLLISIONS

MOTION

Inelastic collisions between different vehicles, different speeds.  Elastic collisions between billiard balls.

9

COLOR

ACB_COLOR

OPTICS

Various demonstrations of color mixing.  Computer display colors explained.  Interactive color mixer.

10

CONVECTION

ACB_CONVECTION

THERMAL

Convection example using a room radiator.

11

DOPPLER_EFFECT

ACB_DOPPLER

MOTION

SOUND

WAVES

Shows basis for the Doppler Effect using animated wave-fronts.  NOTE:  This animation plays sounds through the internal speaker of the computer.  May not be appropriate for network use in computer lab situations.


 

12

E&M_RADIATION

ACB_EMWAVES

E&M

Attempt to ‘visualize’ the creation of E&M radiation.

 

13

E&M_SPECTRA

ACB_SPECTRA

OPTICS

E&M

Chart of full E&M spectra, visible spectra, details on various ranges of the whole spectra.

14

EARTH_TUNNEL

ACB_TUNNEL

MOTION

Classic hole through the earth motion.  Plots of motion.  ‘Practical application’ with Earth-Train.

15

ELECTRICAL_POTENTIAL

ACB_POTENTIAL

E&M

Two dimensional plots potential as shades of color for up to 10 charges.  Charges can be selected or can be random.   Several color schemes available.  Generates ‘physics artwork’.

16

ELECTRIC_FIELD

ACB_EFIELD

E&M

Draws 2-D field lines for selected or random charge distributions.  Actually generates the lines using a test charge.

17

ELECTRIC_FORCE

ACB_EFORCE

E&M

Shows charged objects in motion due to the electric forces between them.  Two and three dimensional version.  Selected or random charges and masses.

18

ELECTRICAL_EQUI-POTENTIAL

ACB_EPOTENTIAL

E&M

Plots 2-D equi-potentials for selected or random charge distributions.

19

ELECTRICAL_GENERATOR

ACB_GEN

ENERGY

E&M

Shows the process of induction and then shows construction of a generator.

20

ELEVATOR

ACB_ELEVATOR

MOTION

Shows how one’s weight (as measured by a standard bathroom scale) would vary with the motion of an elevator.

21

ENERGY_DISTRIBUTION

ACB_EDISTRIBUTION

ENERGY

Shows the distribution of electrical energy from power plant to home.

22

ENERGY_STORAGE

ACB_ESTORAGE

ENERGY

Pumped storage using solar and wind energy as primary sources.


 

23

FERRIS_WHEEL

ACB_FERRIS

MOTION

The Ferris Wheel provides a practical application of the principle of centripetal acceleration as caused by a variety of forces that vary according to the position on the ride.  Also deals with the concept of apparent (fictitious forces).

24

FISSION

ACB_FISSION

ENERGY

Visualization of the fission process.

25

FRICTION

ACB_FRICTION

MOTION

The frictional force is examined using a box pushed horizontally along a surface.  Different forces are applied and the motion of the box is analyzed.

26

FUSION

ACB_FUSION

ENERGY

Visualization of the basic fusion process (deuterium and tritium).

27

GREENHOUSE_EFFECT

ACB_GREENHOUSE

ENERGY

The ‘Greenhouse’ effect is analyzed—first looking at a real greenhouse and then at the earth.

28

HALF-LIFE

ACB_HALFLIFE

ENERGY

This is an interactive animation.  An actual half-life experiment is performed with each trial—the computer simulates a decay process with the algorithm used producing random effects than should have the proper mathematical behavior.  The results of each trial are graphed to show the exponential decay and the nature of a half-life.

29

HARMONIC_MOTION

ACB_HARMONIC

MOTION

Shows that SHM is connected to uniform circular motion and that SHM is sinusoidal in nature.

30

HUMAN-EYE

ACB_EYE

OPTICS

How the eye works AND doesn’t work.  Eye defects and corrections for such.

31

HYDROELECTRIC

ACB_HYDRO

ENERGY

Shows how hydro power is ultimately solar power.  Simple model of a hydroelectric dam.


 

32

HYDROGEN_FUEL

ACB_HYDROGEN

ENERGY

Electrolysis (using solar energy as primary) to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen.  Recombination for fuel usage.

33

IC_ENGINE

ACB_ENGINE

THERMAL

Animation of a simplified Internal Combustion Engine.  Singe cylinder operation shown first, then a four cylinder engine.  Considerable discussion can accompany this animation.

34

ILLUSIONS

ACB_ILLUSIONS

OPTICS

Two common optical illusions which have their basis in REFRACTION are shown.

35

INTERFERENCE

ACB_INTERFERE

OPTICS

MOTION

Constructive and destructive interference is detailed.  Interference patterns from two sources explored.

36

INSTRUMENTS

ACB_INSTRUMENTS

OPTICS

Ray tracing (principal rays) to describe the operation of a magnifier, telescope, microscope, and opera glass.

37

INSULATION

ACB_INSULATION

ENERGY

Compares construction of older and newer homes with an emphasis on the insulation properties of the construction.

38

KEPLER

ACB_KEPLER

MOTION

Demonstration of Kepler’s Laws.

39

LASER_FUSION

ACB_LASER

ENERGY

Simple visualization of laser induced fusion.

40

LENSES

ACB_LENSES

OPTICS

Converging and Diverging lenses examined through ray-tracing.  Principle rays are used to show the origin of the thin lens equation.  An interactive option permits ray tracing for instructor chosen lens parameters.

41

MAGIC

ACB_MAGIC

OPTICS

A disappearing act is shown to be all ‘smoke and mirrors’.

42

MAGNETIC_FIELD

ACB_MAGFIELD

E&M

Magnetic field from a wire.  Forces on particles moving in a magnetic field.  Magnetic spectrometer simulation.

43

MAGNETIC_FUSION

ACB_MAGFUSION

ENERGY

Simple model for magnetically confined fusion.


 

44

MASS_EFFECT

ACB_MASS

RELATIVITY

Simulated experiment to show effective mass increase with velocity.

45

MIRROR

ACB_MIRROR

OPTICS

Ray tracing to show how a plane mirror works.

46

NELL

ACB_NELL

MOTION

Conservation of momentum demo using Snidely Whiplash and Nell Fenwick.  Nell must save herself without the help of Dudley Doright.

47

NEWTONS_TOWER

ACB_NEWTON

MOTION

Using scaled forces, the forces on a ball thrown horizontally are calculated and the trajectory of the ball shown.

48

NUKE_PILE

ACB_PILE

ENERGY

Operation of a nuclear pile or reactor is shown.

49

NUKE_PLANT

ACB_NUKEPLANT

ENERGY

Schematic of a typical nuclear power plant showing the flow of fluids.

50

OCEAN_THERMAL

ACB_OCEAN

ENERGY

Schematic description of proposed power plants that can extract energy from the temperature difference between surface and deep water in tropical oceans.

51

PHOTO_ELECTRIC

ACB_PHOTO

ENERGY

An experiment to show the problems with the photo-electric effect and the wave theory of light.

52

POND

ACB_POND

THERMAL

Convection example showing why northern ponds freeze from the top down and ultimately don’t freeze solid.

53

RADIOACTIVITY

ACB_ACTIVITY

ENERGY

Alpha, Beta, and Gamma radiation described.

54

REFLECTION

ACB_REFLECTION

OPTICS

Both REFECTION and REFRACTION are described.

55

REL_EFFECTS

ACB_REL_EFFECTS

RELATIVITY

Using the starship Enterprise, the effect of near-light speed are shown.

56

ROTOR_RIDE

ACB_ROTOR

MOTION

Motion and Forces in the classic rotor ride.  Motion is analyzed from the inertial frame of reference.

57

SHOOT_THE_MONKEY

ACB_MONKEY

MOTION

Classic demo shown with the ability to vary the speed of the bullet.  Bullets are ‘rubber’ so as to not hurt too many sensibilities.

58

SIMULTANEITY

ACB_SIMUL

RELATIVITY

A rail car with centered observer and lights at each end is used to show this concept.

59

SOLAR_HOUSE

ACB_HOUSE

ENERGY

Passive solar home construction explained.

60

SOLAR_SATELLITE

ACB_SOLARSAT

ENERGY

Concept of space-based solar energy collection with microwave beaming back to earth is shown.

61

SPACE_STATION

ACB_STATION

MOTION

Artificial gravity on a spinning space station.  Forces analyzed from the inertial frame.

62

SPRINGS

ACB_SPRINGS

MOTION

SHM of a spring and mass.  Velocity and acceleration, potential and kinetic energy.

63

THROW_ENERGY

ACB_ETHROW

MOTION

Energy considerations of a ball thrown vertically upwards.

64

THROW_FORCES

ACB_FTHROW

MOTION

Force considerations of a ball thrown vertically upwards.

65

TIME_DILATION

ACB_TIME_D

RELATIVITY

Light clock used to show why a moving clock runs slow.

66

TOTAL_INTERNAL

ACB_TOTAL

OPTICS

Total Internal Reflection demonstrated.  Application in binoculars shown.

67

TRAJECTORY

ACB_TRAJECTORIES

MOTION

Trajectories from 5-85 degrees.  Vertical and horizontal motions analyzed.  Effects of air resistance shown.

68

TRIP

ACB_TRIP

MOTION

Plotting position versus time for a series of velocities—both positive and negative.

69

TWINS_PARADOX

ACB_TWINS

RELATIVITY

Classic twins paradox described through a cartoon.

70

VELOCITY

ACB_VELOCITY

MOTION

Use with ACCELERATION to describe constant velocity motion.  Timed snapshots and position versus time graphs.

71

VERTICAL_THROW

ACB_THROW

MOTION

Position and velocity considerations for a ball thrown vertically upwards.