Box2D is a popular 2D physics engine library which is open source and disributed under the permissive zlib license. The library does the major bit of work in adding physics to any 2D game or software thats needs to emulate physics in 2D.
Very few software is developed from scratch, and it migh tbe pointless to do so when so many libraries for performing common tasks are available. Dart will need a lot of libraries ported to it to become a feasible development language, and this is one of the steps towards game development using dart. Hopefully more libraries are to follow.