PhET Progress Report

Sam Reid

April 10, 2008


An online version of this report is available here.

Here’s a pie chart representation of the time distribution.



·         First team meetings

·         Sim Team= Sam Reid, Ingrid Reid, Kathy Perkins, Wendy Adams, Franny Benay, Kathy Semsar, William Byrnes

·         Rudimentary design docs here and here

·         Initial version here, includes all basic onscreen elements

·         Need to implement underlying model, make UI influence model, better graphics,

better layout, better UI




Nuclear Physics

·         Collaborated with John regarding piccolo, graphs, physics, coordinate frames, etc.



·         Added animated clock icon (with Chris)

·         Posted Photoelectric sim with new clock


Soluble Salts

·         Fixed bug that prevented launching on Linux

·         Fixed bug that caused “random walk” checkbox to be out-of-sync with sim

·         Posted on main site as 1.03



·         Added user interface to prompt for login information at startup (if not provided)

·         Added script to make email notification system start automatically on bootup

·         Email notification server halts once a week or so (due to server access failure?)  It takes me about 5 minutes to restart, but perhaps I should put John or Marj in charge of this, or write a workaround for this failure case.


Upcoming Work

·         Please see all my high priority issues in Unfuddle

·         Fitness Simulation

·         Platform-issues

·         Sorting out and prioritizing (non-cck) unfuddle issues

·         Post new Lasers and Neon Lights & Other Discharge Lamps after Archie interviews (may also receive minor update requests)