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An anonymous reader writes "I'm a physics professor who relies on Java applets in many of my courses. They can do heavy-duty number crunching, and until recently they would run on almost any platform, so it was feasible to write my own simulations and expect every student to be able to run them without hassle. Now that students are migrating to tablets and many computers/browsers are no longer configured to run Java, is there a decent alternative?"
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Java alternative for physics simulations?

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  • If I understand correctly, the requirements are:

    1. not java
    2. ability to perform heavy computations
    3. run on the popular platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux variants incl. Android)
    4. cheap or free (so students aren't encumbered by licensing costs)
    5. easy to develop with (so you can write your own simulations)

    I'm no expert but this sounds like Python.

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