Don't just tell them, show them.
Visualization is a powerful and necessary component of a complete instructional approach. Effective visualizations are accurate, engaging, and integrate well with the learners existing knowledge base. Moreover, spatial and visual reasoning is a critical tool for any practicing scientist or engineer.
A Positive Charge Surrounded By A Gaussian Sphere
The field lines radiate out from the charge and pass through the sphere.
- Click and drag with the left mouse button to rotate the model around the x and y-axes.
- Shift-click with the left mouse button to rotate the model around the z-axis.
- Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
- Swipe with a finger to rotate the model around the x and y-axes.
- Rotate or twist with two fingers to rotate the model around the z-axis.
- Pinch with two fingers to zoom in and out.
The full utility of these visualizations is only available with WebGL. Please get a browser that supports WebGL.
Show them in multiple ways.
Multiple interactive representations are well established as a powerful pedagogical prescription. They simultaneously take advantage of the learner's strengths while shoring up their weaknesses. Well designed interactions invite the learner to be an active participant, to explore, as part of their education.
Easy To Learn
Integrated with clear step by step explanations and mathematics.
Mathematics is one of the principle means of expressing scientific and engineering concepts. Understanding mathematical expressions and how they relate to scientific concepts and models is an important stepping stone.
Easy To Teach
Easy To Customize
The toolkit used to create the catalog is a well documented open source project.
It is easy to create new visualizations using point charges, Gaussian surfaces, charged planes and charged spheres.
These open source offerings are a small sample of what is possible. Additional options include more interactivity such as moving charges and Gaussian surfaces, or more applications ranging from calculus to electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. There are also fascinating applications of visualization in art and architecture. If we can help with integration or custom content, don't hesitate to contact us.