Do you remember the nights when you tore the Chemistry homework sheets up and wondered how on earth could someone understand the strange movements of those tiny atoms?
Do you remember the physic classes for which you had to draw tons of diagrams just to find out the acceleration?
Thanks to University of Colorado Boulder, the students who struggle with Math and science classes can now learn in a more visual way with the aids of PhET Simulation.
The wide range of PhET Simulation fulfills lots of students' needs. It is divided into different sections such as levels(elementary school, middle school, high school) and subjects (Chemistry, Math, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science). If you are a Chemistry student who cannot understand the topic of atomic interactions, you can simply go to the Chemistry section and click on the "Atomic Interaction."
The PhET Simulation is pretty easy to use. There are not many buttons in each program. With the instructions, a student can easily figure out what to do. Thanks to the concise and simple design of the programs, even a student without computer science knowledge can play with them.
PhET helps visualize abstract concepts. In addition to teachers' notes and explanations in class, PhET consolidates a certain topic by simplifying the concepts. For example, students who have troubles with micro atoms can see the atoms and their interactions directly in the macro scope in the simulation, therefore better understanding the concept.
Besides the basic advantage of PhET, it is a website frequently being updated. Teachers and professors continuously add new programs to PhET, thus broadening the coverage of topics.
If you are a science teacher whose students are having trouble understanding a complicated concept, you can send them here to PhET. (besides extra help, though)And maybe the next day you will find them obsessed with the simulations and explore the Science world on their own.
By Simon Zhu '17