Wieman Perkins Adams - AJP 2008

Oersted Medal Lecture 2007: Interactive simulations for teaching physics: What works, what doesn’t, and why
American Journal of Physics, Volume 76, Number 4 (April 2008), pp. 393-399

Carl E. Wieman, Katherine K. Perkins, Wendy K. Adams

We give an overview of the Physics Educational Technology (PhET) project to research and develop web-based interactive simulations for teaching and learning physics. The design philosophy, simulation development and testing process, and range of available simulations are described. The highlights of PhET research on simulation design and effectiveness in a variety of educational settings are provided. This work has shown that a well-designed interactive simulation can be an engaging and effective tool for learning physics.