Computer Simulations

Computer simulations let us visualize the unimaginable. They allow up to explore and model Scientific phenomena that range from the Microscopic to the Cosmic. Below is a variety of simulations that are useful for teaching Science.

 
 

PHET INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS

"Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations.

PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery." 

 

MOLVIEW 

MolView is a molecule modelling program that is free to use and lets you select from thousands of different chemicals to display. From the energy currency of the cell; Adenosine Triphosphate to the complex and addictive Caffeine.

 

ABC SPLASH - PLANT GROWTH SIMULATION

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Click on the image to launch the "Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application (or "E3")

Click on the image to launch the "Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application (or "E3")

Smithsonian Institution -"Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application

E3 is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shows volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 — the first year satellites were available to provide global monitoring of SO2. The eruption and gas emission data are drawn from the Volcanoes of the World database maintained by the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program (GVP). Please properly credit and cite any use of GVP data, which will also be available via web services very soon; eruption and volcano data can currently be downloaded through options under the Database tab. The earthquake data are pulled from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Catalog.

source: http://volcano.si.edu/E3/

 
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Stellarium

"Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go."