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With Java applets on the decline for many years. JavaScript, HTML5, and other scripting languages have managed to take over applets both in terms of browser support and extra functionality. At EDinformatics we are transitioning from Java, Shockwave and Flash to HTML5 Simulations which can easily be used on all platforms.

The Following are excerpts from From PhET.com

Gravity and Orbits

Move the sun, earth, moon and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!

Gravity Force Lab

Visualize the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other. Adjust properties of the objects to see how changing the properties affects the gravitational attraction.

Lunar Landing

Can you avoid the boulder field and land safely, just before your fuel runs out, as Neil Armstrong did in 1969? Our version of this classic video game accurately simulates the real motion of the lunar lander with the correct mass, thrust, fuel consumption rate, and lunar gravity. The real lunar lander is very hard to control. -- Note this is a Flash Simulations and requires you to enable Flash.

My Solar System

Build your own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other.  Note this is a Flash Simulations and requires you to enable Flash.

Geology Simulator -- Plate Tectonics Algorithm

This is a crash course of Plate Tectonics with videos -- What moves the crust? Plate boundaries, and mantle/crust alignment, Oceanic and Continental Plates, 

Solar System Simulator from NASA JPL 

This simulator shows images of the planets at different times and locations. You ca ntarget and date show how the planets is seen on any date -- you can change UTC Field of View, and change the field of view of degree(s). Options you can change include percent of the image width -orbits -extra brightness...Frequently asked questions about this simulator.

HTML5 Earth Science Simulations for K-12 from PhET- 

PhET -- 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.


Great Thinkers Great Mindsio

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