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Learning Objects and Teaching Tools

Some of the learning objects listed below consist of introductory text, a simulation, and exit text. The simulation could be considered the fundamental learning object that is enclosed within a shell of introductory and exit text. If instructors have a copy of the simulation, then they can customize the learning object by supplying their own introductory and exit text. For most of the learning objects the exit text contains only a list of search words in order to encourage student use of internet resources.

Other learning objects are completely self-contained. They are built around a navigational framework that encourages students to predict the behavior of a physical system, then make observations of the system, and finally to make measurements on the system. Next a related problem is presented and the student is encouraged to translate the problem into a sketch. By clicking on important phrases in the problem the student can compare his sketch to mine. A series of questions and answers are then offered to help guide the student to a solution of the problem.

Most of the teaching tools listed below only require an instructor to work with text files. The Flash programs then take the text file information and convert it into an interactive teaching tool. All these learning objects require the free Flash player which may already be installed in your browser. Some require Flash player 10 or higher. To update download the free Adobe Flash player

NOTE: If you use the Firefox browser, the PRINT button in the animations will not work. If you want to print the animation in order to make more accurate measurements, please use the Chrome or Edge browsers.





Rotational Dynamics



DC Circuits


Miscellaneous Examples




Teaching Tools