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Comprehensive software library of physical science simulations and labs designed to provide a highly-investigative learning environment for students at a variety of levels.

Exploration of Physical Science: Simulation Library Vol. II is a vast collection of 100 computer simulations and labs encompassing a full-range of physics and physical science topics. Designed to be highly interactive and highly visual, the software program utilizes a conceptual approach to teach physical science principles. The simulations and labs are categorized into three learning levels: 1) introductory, 2) intermediate, and 3) advanced; addressing the needs of introductory physical science, high school physics, and college physics courses. The multi-level learning feature gives the software package a great deal of flexibility to meet a wide range of student needs. The Simulation Library Vol. II collection is designed to complement and work along with the Simulation Library Vol. I collection.

Each simulation re-creates a real-world physical event, with the student given full control over the relevant experimental variables. Experimental parameters are easily manipulated using an assortment of slider controls; physical behaviors are animated on-screen using graphics that employ rich color and depth; and physical quantities are displayed using digital readouts, graphs, and histograms. Each simulation has a readily accessible help screen providing information on using the simulation.

The vast collection of simulations and labs may be used in a variety of ways: (1) as an instructor lecture aid for demonstration purposes in front of the classroom, (2) for student use as a computer-based lab activity. Exploration of Physical Science simulations can be used to introduce a physical science concept, or serve nicely to reinforce and extend a lab (involving apparatus) that has already been performed.

The ready-to-run simulations and highly intuitive interface allows first time users to immediately use the simulations and begin exploring with no preliminary time investment — essentially providing a ready to go lab experience.


One-Year License
Single-User License: $69.00
Lab-10 License: $159.00
Lab-30 License: $229.00
Unlimited Site License: $289.00

Perpetual License
(One-time fee, no expiration)
Single User: $229.00
Lab-10 License: $459.00
Lab-30 License: $679.00
Unlimited Site License: $890.00

Unlimited Site License allows an unlimited number of computers to run the software at one site, student take-home privileges are granted with this license only. Distance Learning License is priced the same as the Unlimited Site License.

System Compatibility

Download: The downloadable software runs natively on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Mac OSX  10.6 - 10.13

Web Browser: If your school has a subscription to Frame, the software will run on iPads, Chromebooks, or any web browser.
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Simulations Contained in Vol. II

Forces and Motion

  • A car’s linear velocity and acceleration graphs

  • Racing cars: distance, velocity, accel.

  • Galileo’s experiment: Falling and air resistance

  • Velocity and acceleration of a falling ball

  • Falling balls with air resistance

  • Free fall: Independence of velocity components

  • Throwing a banana to a falling monkey

  • Projectile motion: Horizontal and vertical motion

  • Projectile motion and acceleration

  • Trajectory of a ball with air resistance

  • Newton’s 1st law: Puck on moving ice sheet

  • Newton’s 2nd law: A dogsled race

  • Static and kinetic friction

  • Skidding cars and stopping distances

  • Air resistance with one parachute

  • Air resistance with two racing parachutes

  • Newton’s 3rd law: Astronauts playing catch

  • Newton’s 3rd law: Rocket propulsion

  • Center of mass of a drawn figure

  • Balancing people on a seesaw

  • Circular motion of a car on a race track

  • Circular motion of a sling: Tension and gravity

  • Angular momentum on a merry-go-round

Momentum and Energy

  • Jumping from a cart: Conservation of momentum

  • Inelastic car crash in two-dimensions

  • Energy conservation of a falling ball

  • Energy conservation on a loop-the-loop

  • Energy conservation of a pendulum

  • Energy conservation of a mass on a spring

  • Bouncing balls / coefficient of restitution

  • Elastic & inelastic colliding balls in one-dimension

  • Colliding balls in two-dimensions

  • Energy conservation of a bungee jumper

  • Friction on car rolling on inclined surfaces

  • Friction/air resistance on skiing snowman


  • The three phases of water and latent heat

  • The ideal gas law

  • Temperature, speed, and kinetic energy

  • Distribution of molecular speeds in a gas

  • Mixing in a box of gas particles

  • Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics

Vibrations, Waves, and Sound

  • Simple harmonic motion and sine function

  • Simple harmonic and circular motion

  • Resonance: damped, driven mass on spring

  • Normal modes: Two masses connected by springs

  • Wave addition: Frequency, phase, and amplitude

  • The superposition of waves on a rope

  • Standing waves & harmonics: Strings and organ pipes

  • The superposition of sound waves

  • The Doppler effect and sonic booms

  • Ripple tank interference


Light and Optics

  • Fizeau’s experiment and the speed of light

  • Polarization of light / polarizing filters

  • Refraction of waves at a boundary

  • Refraction of light by prisms and raindrops

  • Additive and subtractive mixing of colors

  • Light rays and formation of real image

  • Ray tracing: Lenses and mirrors (5 simulations)

  • Single-slit diffraction of light

  • Interference of light waves from two slits

  • Double-slit interference and diffraction patterns

Electricity and Magnetism

  • Static electric charges on pith ball

  • Charging and discharging an electroscope

  • Electric field lines and vectors

  • Trajectory of test charge in electric field

  • A light bulb and battery

  • Electric circuits and Ohm’s law

  • Series and parallel circuits

  • Magnetic field of bar magnets

  • Magnetic field of a wire and solenoid

  • A proton in the Earth’s magnetic field

  • Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire

  • Electric dipole radiation


  • Measuring pressure in liquids

  • Mass, volume, density, and buoyancy


  • The Michelson-Morley experiment

  • Relativity and simultaneity: moving train

  • Length contraction

  • Time dilation

  • Racing trains: Newton’s vs. Einstein’s mechanics

Modern Physics

  • Radioactive decay

  • The photoelectric effect

  • Double-slit electron interference

  • Three models of the atom

  • Atomic nucleus & Rutherford’s experiment

  • Measurements of the quantum atom

  • The structure of matter: A salt crystal

  • The chemical bond


  • Retrograde motion in geocentric & heliocentric systems

  • Planetary motion: Kepler’s laws

  • The motion of a satellite orbiting Earth

Chaos and Fractals

  • Motion of a chaotic pendulum

  • Sierpinski triangle

  • Pythagorean Tree