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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 - 10.12

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