Web Resources for Electronic Visualization
Microworld and Visualization Software Available on the Internet
- The Biomedical Visualization Lab
"Biomedical Visualization combines visual problem-solving skills with knowledge of science, education, communication and an array of media and technologies. Working in a variety of settings, graduates use their scientific and artistic expertise to visually communicate information to other health professionals, patients, or the public."
- Concepts in Science through Molecular Modeling: Activities for Students and Teachers
Several molecular mathematical models designed for teachers and students that cover the properties of water, the chemistry of carbon, photosynthesis, and molecules of life. Concepts in the section on mathematics through molecular modeling include tutorials and suggestions for educational uses of molecular models.
- Downloadable Geometic Modeling Software
"Part of the mission of the Geometry Center is to develop software tools to support the computation and visualization of mathematics. A considerable portion of the Center's efforts have gone to designing such tools, and to making them available to the mathematical and scientific communities, and to the world at large." Included at the site are a math equation renderer, software to compute convex hulls, and a variety of Mathematica tools.
- Gallery of Interactive Geometry
Ten interactive geometric modeling applications.
- IPPC Atmosphere-Ocean Model Simuluations
"The global coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Model was designed for climate predictions at decade to century time scales. The ocean model conserves mass, allows for divergent flow, and has a free upper surface. Atmospheric and ocean surface fluxes are of opposite sign and are applied synchronously. Flux corrections are not used."
- Mathematical Visualization
A reference list of available mathematical visualization resources.
- Scientific Images and Animation
The Cornell Theory Center maintains an impressive list of visual images and annimations of a variety of phenomona. These include a model of forest growth, molecules, body motion, and tusnamis
- Scientific Visualizers
The Collaborative Visualization (CoVis) project maintains a variety of resources on scientific visualization, including a weather visualizer, Greenhouse Effect visualizer, climate visualizers, and oceanographic visualizers. This Website also has extensive support materials on scientific visualization for teachers and students.
GenScope is a scientific modeling tool that supports six levels of study: molecules, chromosomes, cells, organisms, pedigrees, and populations. "GenScope introduces a new paradigm for educational technology, a hypermodel, that uses the computer to bridge the gap between a model and the physical world the model represents, between the 'facts and figures' offered us by the natural world and the mental associations we construct to explain them."
"Model-It enables middle and high school students to construct and test dynamic models of complex systems, such as stream ecosystems. Our goal is for students to understand natural phenomena as dynamic systems of objects and the relationships between them." (See also Vis-It a tool for data visualization.)
Created by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, SimCalc is a mathematical simulation tool for understanding calculus. "The SimCalc Project aims to democratize access to the mathematics of change for mainstream students by combining advanced simulation technology with innovative curricular solutions that begin in the early grades and includes powerful ideas extending beyond classical calculus."
"Starlogo is a programming language/modeling tool/microworld construction tool developed at the MIT Media Lab by Mitchel Resnick, and is described in his book, 'Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: An Exploration in Massively Parallel Microworlds'."