This engaging software package puts the abstract concepts of modern physics into an understandable context by utilizing highly visual and highly interactive computer simulations. Using computer animation that is governed by user input, students are able to interactively study model led physical behaviour that previously may have only been presented in the form of an equation or static diagram. Time dilation, the particle nature of light, atomic models, and probability waves are all brought to life! By fully utilizing the computer medium, Modern Physics Visualised brings understanding to modern physics topics in ways that go beyond that offered by a textbook. The package consists of 10 stand-alone modules that introduce modern physics topics in a visually creative fashion.
Each module contains three components:
1) an interactive simulation where students gain an intuitive understanding of the topic by performing an investigation,
2) a history section detailing the pioneering work and background of the contributing physicists, and
3) a theory section that provides a clear and graphic-rich explanation of the central principles related to the topic.
The following topics are covered: Blackbody Radiation The Photoelectric Effect Compton Scattering Rutherford Scattering The Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom De Broglie, Schrodinger & Probability Waves Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Theory of Relativity - The Speed of Light Theory of Relativity - Length Contraction Theory of Relativity - Time Dilation Modern Physics Visualised may be used as an instructor lead demonstration in front of the classroom, or used by students as a computer-based lab activity. The program is designed to integrate smoothly into a unit or course on modern physics.
Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP, 486 or Pentium class processor, 16MB RAM.
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