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Comprehensive software library of physics simulations and labs covering a full year of introductory physics – Mechanics, Waves, Heat, Fluids, Optics, and Electricity & Magnetism.

Adopted by over 2200 schools, Exploration of Physics: Simulation Library
Vol. I
 has earned the reputation of being the most comprehensive and in-depth physics simulation software package available! The 64 highly interactive stand-alone simulations and labs cover a full year of introductory physics – mechanics, waves, heat, fluids, electricity & magnetism, and optics are all given extensive treatment. The software program utilizes a simulated lab approach allowing students to perform in-depth investigations.

Each simulation employs its own powerful engine that accurately recreates the physical world. Experimental parameters are easily manipulated using an assortment of slider controls; physical behaviors are brought to life using animated graphics that respond to user input; and physical quantities are displayed using digital readouts, graphs, and histograms. Each simulation also has a readily accessible detailed student lab-guide that provides specific direction for carrying out the lab investigation.

The vast collection of physics 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 Physics simulations can be used to introduce a physics 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.

Physics Simulations Contained in Vol. I


  • Graphical Analysis: Position, Velocity, Acceleration Graphs

  • Vector Properties

  • Free Fall Laboratory

  • Projectile Motion

  • Force Table

  • Inclined Plane

  • Connected Masses on Two Inclines

  • Centripetal Force

  • Gravitational Orbits

  • Cavendish Experiment

  • Center of Mass

  • Air Track Collisions

  • 2D Collisions

  • Basic Torque

  • Spring & Pendulum

  • Damped Oscillator

  • Two Mass Oscillator

  • 2D Oscillator


  • Wave Addition

  • Waves on a Rope

  • Standing Waves in Open and Closed Tubes

  • Interference Patterns

  • Thin Film Interference

  • Multiple-Slit Interference

  • Resolution: Diffraction at a Circular Aperture

  • Intensity of Sound

  • Tone Beats

  • Doppler Shift 1

  • Doppler Shift 2

  • Lissajous Figures



  • Microscopic Heat

  • Thermal Conduction

  • Calorimetry

  • Gas Flow

  • 1st Law of Thermodynamics

  • Ideal Gas

  • Adiabatic & Isothermal Compression

  • Carnot Cycle

Electricity & Magnetism

  • Coulomb Forces

  • Electric Fields

  • Magnetic Fields

  • Trajectory in E & B Fields

  • Cathode-Ray Tube

  • Lenz’s Law

  • Motion of Charge Carriers through Conducting Wire

  • Capacitor Properties

  • Resistive Circuits

  • Capacitor Circuits

  • RC Circuits


  • Color Addition

  • Color Subtraction

  • Basic Prism

  • Snell’s Law

  • Converging & Diverging Lenses

  • Fermat’s Principle

  • Polarization


  • Density Lab

  • Buoyancy Lab

  • Pressure & Depth

  • U Tube

  • Bernoulli’s Equation

  • Torricelli’s Law

  • Flow Around a Wing


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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