Physlet Quantum Physics 3E

Physlet Quantum Physics 3E Summary

Physlet Quantum Physics 3E: JavaScript Edition contains a collection of exercises spanning the introductory modern physics and quantum mechanics sequence. These exercises use computer animations generated in JavaScript applets to show physics content on desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and phones. We call these JavaScript applets Physlets (Physics content simulated with JavaScript applets written at Davidson College). Every chapter of Physlet Quantum Physics contains three quite different Physlet-based exercises: Illustrations, Explorations, and Problems.  Illustrations are designed to demonstrate physical concepts. Explorations are tutorial in nature. Problems are interactive versions of the kind of exercises typically assigned for homework.  This electronic book contains the narrative to all 200 exercises and links to the interactive content. The interactive content requires a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone and a JavaScript-enabled browser to run.

The first edition of Physlet Quantum Physics was an interactive book and CD for the teaching of introductory modern physics and quantum mechanics on the college level.  Physlet Quantum Physics was originally published as part of Prentice Hall’s Series in Educational Innovation. 

The second edition of Physlet Quantum Physics represented a major change in how the 200 Physlet-based interactive materials were delivered to teachers and students alike. Instead of accessing materials off of the CD that came with the first edition, accessed the Physlet Quantum Physics 2E AAPT ComPADRE site via a Java-enabled browser on desktop and laptop computers. 

For the third edition of Physlet Quantum Physics, all applets are now JavaScript and can be accessed on any device and browser via links in this book or directly at  The JavaScript-based materials described in this book run on tablets and phones, as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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