Physics is one of those subjects which requires the ability of visualization in order to understand its underlying concepts. There are often students who may be weak in such an area and physics often feels like something which only Newton could understand. For example, the different between weight and mass is one which students really have a problem understanding on their own.
Algodoo is a great solution for this problem, it is a physics simulator which kids can use to test physics in action, such as forces, friction and gravity. It can be downloaded for free for both Mac and PC or as a paid app for the iPad.
A great starter activity is to create a marble run game with the help of Algodoo:
Once the game is done, you can change different options such as turning gravity on and off to see how the marbles float away in zero gravity. Or you can change the marbles to different materials and check out how different materials such as metals or wood have different densities and react differently.
The ability to play around with these physical properties is where the power of Algodoo really lies. Another great activity that can be made with the help of Algodoo is to simulate dominoes:
Activities like these ensure that the students remain connected with their curriculum at school and actually learn about the effects of physics while having the ability to play around with their creativity. Tools like Algodoo hence help kids visualize these concepts to improve their learning.