Wishing all of you a very happy holidays! As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been very active the past couple of weeks, mostly due to end of the semester stress and holiday shopping woes! But don’t worry, I’m back, and with a new free app for you to explore!

The free app I wanted to feature this week is Particle Zoo – an app that displays information on particles in the universe in a visually appealing way. Here’s a quick breakdown on the details of this app:

  • Simple display and navigation across major particle groups such as quark, lepton, boson, nucleon, etc.
  • Key information for each particle is easily accessible, including spin, charge, mass, symbol and weight
  • Anti-particle button at the top of the screen links to each particles anti-particle
  • Wikipedia links for further exploration
  • Cute illustrations of particles
  • Particle Zoo store where one can purchase adorable plush versions of particles
  • Mini-games and helpful diagrams and tables

This app is a great way to explore the nuances of particles, and the cute graphics encourage students to have fun with physics.. Here are a couple of screenshots to better illustrate the app:

The possibilities this application holds for students with interests in physics is very exciting! If you end up using this app in your classroom, let me know how it worked for you!

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