Classical physics simulations for computer-aided learning (CAL, e-learning, classical physics for pedestrians).
Simulations of this site related to physics taught in universities for under-graduate students. They can be used by students, or be shown, during lectures, by the professor, to support demonstrations. Executables , programs which start with a single click, are to be downloaded (it's free) from this site; they are .jar, that is they are written in Java and require a download into you computer of this language (free from the site of the Oracle Corporation) . It is probably better to have a modern version of Java (Java 7 is the version used here).
Here are simulated the following physical phenomena:
- Optical devices : Michelson- Morley interferometer , Fabry-Perot devices, Young-slits, and also devices of geometrical optics: diopters , lenses, microscope, Galileo telescope, or the eye.
- gas in two dimensions , in order to illustrate the kinetic theory of gases ,
- chain atoms and propagation phenomena in one dimension decomposition into stationary waves, etc ...
- electrical balance of parallel cylindrical conductors ,
- Wire chambers (Charpak chambers), charged particle detectors .
- physics of particles: quarks , described in a simple model only, to show what it consists of.
The simulations do not generally take into account quantum mechanics .