Another goal of this project is to collect and preserve Java applet based interactive visualizations. Most of these visualizations were written on the raise of applets and Java programming language. Frequently they were written by people highly competent in the subject being illustrated (biology, physics, higher mathematics) rather than in programming. Where the licensing permits (as a rule, must be open source), we collect, review and fix such applets from the whole web. To help with the initial kick-off, we also offer a collection of our own applets. Below, you will find the overview of that we have already done. Few applets only required to find them however programming effort was often necessary to revive them for a second life. You may also look into our previous front page that talks more about that do we think than that do we have.
The applets can be launched either as applets (by clicking Start) or as Java Web start applications by following the link under the text Alone. Java Web Start link can be embedded into various websites, integrating that way the visualization into your teaching material (see sharing for details).
As the documentation is equally important, and many applets come without it, we also write short introductory articles on the subject. Expecting for some input from the community, we have made the most of pages user editable. If you add some major information, please cite the references so we could easier review your input. We use Creative Commons license so your contribution will not be bound to our project, and actively support both philosophy and interface of the universal edit button.
The category summaries below do not list all topics we have, and the the number of screen shots is this page is much less than the overall number of visualizations available. Instead, the goal of summary is to provide a brief topic overview and show some featured applets. To see the full list of relevant topics, click on the category title. Topics with no obvious classification may be placed into several categories.
There are no any ads on this site and probably will never be - makes no sense. We have different goals that, it seems to us, are at least partially achieved.
All applets on this site run as untrusted (unsigned). This means, they run in a sandbox with highly restricted rights, without access to your hard drive or anything the like. Differently, signed applets would have near full access to your system in exchange to that the signer is known.
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We present several topics on electrophysiology that were written by professionals and once released under GPL. Visualizations on morphogenesis and plant orientation were also written to supplement scientific papers in the past. The flock visualizer reliably shows that a group of individuals may have very coordinated activity without having any leader. Biomorphs illustrate some hypothesis on how the evolution may happen.
Due recent contribution we also have a good introductory series about complex plane and also Besicovitch set and Penrose map from the same source. The interactive demonstration of image processing (2D FFT) is available. On SourceForge we found a nice WMC framework to create visualizations of the simple curves with very little programming, but due us being busy with other parts of the project only parabola and logistic growth have been implemented. Generalized Lambda distribution is our first "extinct" applet that ceased to exist anywhere apart our site. The first applet of our project, Mandelbrot set (kind of something "must to have"), was also a mathematical applet.
Mathematical section also contains a "mystery visualization" of the fundamental domain - the only applet for that we were not able to write any article as did not manage to understand that it is showing. Maybe you could help?
Analog electronics include quite important Poles and Zeros topic about analog filtering of the signal, and how to compute such filters with desired parameters. The collection also contains a single cascade transistor amplifier circuit that allows user to alter many parameters and shows the simulated currents and voltages. Depending on how resistors are set, it can demonstrate the work of both grounded collector and grounded emitter.
In Conway's Game of Life series a single applet shows evolution of various colonies, depending on parameters. The user can pause, step and add or remove cells at any step of evolution. Rubik's cube is a working example of 3D visualization even without any graphic acceleration and could also be configured to show up differently. There is a very comprehensive applet on Sudoku, while seems not very popular for some reason. Dissociated press is just a part of the whole hacker culture. There are also two variations of Tic tac toe.
Ray diagram that we initially took from SourceForge but extended in a number of ways seems the most popular applet in all project. From optics, we also have our own Prism. Also Wikipedia uses a screen shot of our Atomic orbitals visualization that we have contributed there. This group also contains pendulum, the only finished visualization of Labs4Wikiversity, the first active project to use applets systematically in encyclopedic material. We have found unusually well prepared open source visualization and explanation of two dimensional collision. Rutherford scattering, while easy enough to understand, can be very nicely illustrated with the applet. Differently, wave packets brings us into the true physical jungles of the wave particle dualism. Brownian motion, while easy enough to understand without visualization, offers interesting experiments due its "time machine". There are also many less popular but also interesting topics in this category.
Near 30 topics can be directly or indirectly assigned to this category, too many for talking about them all in the front page. Please visit the category page to see them all.
You can just play with applets from this mystery collection, as children do with mandelbrot set. This last group is the attic of the project, and we do not expect to have a lot of visualizations there.