The Virtual Physics Laboratory


Give your students access to a huge range of experiments that will give them a broader and deeper understanding of Physics and improve their grades.  Suitable for GCSE and A'level. Take advantage of not needing a physical laboratory.  

The advanced level laboratory is available as a single user licence with the book 'High School and Undergraduate Physics Practicals'  for as little at £45.95.

Also available as a site licence for all machines at a single site.  Or for download from your website to your students' machines (Mac and PC).  Please email for prices.

Absolutely Love this book which I bought in August this year, and the included labratory 3D simulations.
I am a retired microbiologist with a very old A level in Physics, and a regular habit of reading, and trying to understand, far more about physics than my natural ability at mathematics should allow. This book is an absolute revelation to me. I can actually perform the experiments described using equipment that my old school Physics laboratory could only have dreamed of. Although it is a simulated laboratory, it is surprisingly close to a real laboratory experience. I always found it easier to learn in an environment where you could perform the experiments that produce the results ones learning depends on. This book and 3D simulated lab are almost the closest I can imagine to providing that experience short of getting access to a real lab, with the advantage of being able to repeat the experience as often as desired, and at any time. The only improvement might be if Dr Lucas felt inclined to somehow make it available for my PlayStation Virtual Reality system :-) Whether or not he does that, I hope he feels motivated to produce further volumes covering more experiments.

Mike_Z UK Amazon Review (5 stars)


I thought that the controls were pretty easy to get used to and the detail in the apparatus was excellent being able to zoom in and see the set up of the multi-meter and read scales, being careful of parallax.  This type of software is most useful in experiments which can't be done in the lab like the gravity on the moon or where the equipment is too expensive or difficult to use like the Millikan Oil drop."  

​Physics Scholar Coordinator.

It is undoubtedly a good resource 

Head of Science

I have just received the disk and love the experiments. 

Physics teacher

Students can also use these experiments to support their study in a variety of ways:

  • By the students directly to prepare for a laboratory experiment by familiarising them with the equipment to be used and the methodology of the experiment.

  • As revision for an experiment that has previously been performed in the laboratory.

  • For home-learning where there is no access to a laboratory.

  • To make up for an experiment missed due to sickness.

  • As a personal experience of an experiment normally only performed by the teacher in front of the class.

  • However, the students’ laboratory experience is immersive and self-guided.  It is possible for the student to do experiments badly or well depending on the care taken – just as with real experiments.

  • These simulations largely cover all the requirements of the AQA Practical Handbook for A-level Physics.  They also cover many of the experiments required at GCSE.  In particular they fully support the phased approach to experiments from ‘demonstration’ through ‘Practice with support’, ‘Practice without support’ to ‘Fluent’.  They also support the AQA documented five competencies as well as all but one of the full list of Physics apparatus and techniques.  

  • Each experiment is fully documented as to the procedure and processing of results including example spreadsheets and graphs.

Experiments include

Milikan’s Oil Drop, Planck’s Constant, Rutherford’s Gold Foil, Acceleration due to Gravity,  Velocity, Acceleration, Momentum, and Newton’s 3nd Law using an Airtrack, Ballistic Balance, Hooke’s Law and Young’s Modulus, Simple Pendulum, Mass Spring, Capacitor Charge and Discharge, Internal Resistance, I/V Characteristics, Resistivity, Boyles Law, Charles Law, Mechanical Equivalent of Heat, Specific Heat, Diffraction, Inverse Square Law for Radiation, Magnetic Field of a Coil, Magnetic Flux Density, Magnetic Flux Linkage, Moments, Heat Transfer, Resistors in Series and Parallel, Speed of Water Waves, Infrared Radiation from different surfaces.