Updated July 2016

PhET Interactive Simulations: Math

Beautiful and responsive tools shed light on tricky math concepts

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  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
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Interactive simulations, real-time visualizations, and virtual manipulatives make math concepts easier to internalize for almost all students, and PhET's tools are some of the best. There's a fairly small library of simulations compared to the site's other subjects, but all the tools offered are of excellent quality. From early fundamentals such as arithmetic, fractions, and estimation to advanced concepts in probability, trigonometry, and calculus, the collection ensures that most classes from K-12 will find at least one tool useful. The Trig Tour and Least-Squares Regression sim are stunning interactive demonstrations of otherwise abstract concepts. 

For plenty of ideas and concrete plans for implementing these tools in the classroom, check out the teacher-created resources including labs, guides, homework, and test questions that accompany each simulation. 

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