Physics Demonstrations

by Julien C. Sprott, University of Wisconsin

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Physics Demonstrations is a collection of ten computer simulations of the physics of motion and sound. Intended for use in high school through introductory college physics courses, the simulations can be used on their own or along with real demonstrations. They can be run as part of a laboratory or homework assignment, or can run unattended in museum-display mode. Demonstrations include Reaction time; Ballistics car; The monkey and the coconut; Bowling-ball pendulum; Wilberforce pendulum; Wave speed on a rope; Flame pipe; Oscilloscope waveforms; Breaking a beaker with sound; Doppler effect.

"Good ideas; response from other faculty was very positive." Joseph Harrison, University of Alabama

Physics Demonstrations is a DOS program that runs under older versions of Windows or using the freeware DOSBox program for Windows Vista and later. Until 2011 the program was distributed by Physics Academic Software for $50 but is no longer available from them. However, the current version of Physics Demonstrations without written documentation or technical support can be ordered directly from the author for $25 (US) by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card and will be delivered electronically as a ZIP file usually within 24 hours of receipt of payment.

Note: The current version of the program is 1.22.

Additional Information

* To see a list of the demonstrations included with the program, have a look at the menu screen.
* If you have an old version of the program, you might want to look at the revision history.
* You may be interested also in the companion program, Chaos Demonstrations.
* You can download a limited demo version (1.21) of Physics Demonstrations.
J. C. Sprott