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The Atom
Atomic Structure Timeline Lee Buescher's page; Speculation and discoveries from the Greek culture up through the 1950's
Discovery of the Electron AIP site that describes the discovery by J. J. Thomson, 1897
Orbital Viewer David Manthey's free orbital viewer can be downloaded (for Windows)
Periodic Table EnvironmentalChemistry.com; use the "Chemical Elements Sorted By" link.
Visual Elements Royal Society of Chemistry; periodic table, flash or HTML version, good information on each element
Web Elements webelements.com; Online Periodic Table, Chemistry news, etc.
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Demonstration Ideas
Arbor Scientific Ideas arborsci.com/CoolStuff/Archives.htm; This site lists categories of demonstration and teaching ideas. Some of the demos rely on equipment that can be purchased from Arbor Scientific.
Daryl Science darylscience.com; Scroll down the page to find the links to the demo ideas. This site is the creation of a high school science teacher in Greenwich, CT.
Demos PIRA physicslearning.colorado.edu Physics Learning Lab The site is hosted at U. Colorado The site has descriptions and drawings of demos. The demos are grouped by topics. This is a portal for physics education. This site is a search engine for university physics lecture demonstration websites. If you click on the "Spider" link you can search all 56 sites or select the university site you wish to search. Some sites have online videos of the demonstrations.
Demos Berkeley U.C. Berkeley; lecture demonstrations, list of applets, AV materials, downloadable demonstration workbooks (PDF) with popularity ratings
Demos Videos Wake Forest; MPEG II and RealVideo clips of demos, the list has about 12 demos as of 8/7/2006
Demos at Texas U. Texas Austin, Demonstration office site, uses PIRA classification, has photos for demos
Scott's Blog teachingphysics.wordpress.com This blog discusses low cost demos. The blogger (Scott) is a high school physics teacher in the Philadelphia area. On the home page he describes himself as "the McGyver of physics teachers."
Steve Spangler TV Demos stevespanglerscience.com This site has videos of demos done on news programs at a Denver TV station. The videos may give you some ideas for your own demos. He does use safety glasses.
New Zealand www.vuw.ac.nz This site has physics demonstration ideas and videos for 7th grade through an introductory college physics course. Not every demo has a video. The videos can be played using Quicktime.
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Education
AAPT American Association of Physics Teachers; High School and Undergraduate resources
AMSER amser.org Applied Math and Science Education Repository This site has educational resources and services designed for use by Technical and Community Colleges but is free for use by anyone. You can search for keywords or browse for materials.
Australia U. of Tasmania www.launc.tased.edu.au; This site has many tutorials on introductory physics. The tutorials include graphics.
Compadre compadre.org; Educational resource collections for teachers and students in physics and astronomy. There are materials for Middle School through college.
Forinas Resource Page homepages.ius.edu Kyle Forinas' listing of resources for physics education. There are links to online textbooks, simulaitons, tools for creating simulations (EJS), video ideas, tips for making blogs and wikis, etc.
N-AAPT Nebraska Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
Football Physics U. of Nebraska introducing physics using football examples, YouTube 25 clips
Football Physics U. of Tennessee introducing physics using football examples, requires Internet Explorer
Help for Students Doug Craigen's site; Help For Physics Students, practice problems, animations, books, tutorials, more
HyperPhysics Rod Nave's site; broad coverage of physics and astronomy topics; concept map layout for navigation; CD available for purchase
Interactive Examples U. Illinois; interactive introductory physics problems; if student gives the wrong answer the student is guided through the concepts towards finding the right answer; mixture of algebra and calculus based materials
Labs from
Frostbite Theater
education.jlab.org/frost This site has links to quality YouTube videos produced to allow viewers to "perform" physics experiments.
Labs from
Pretty Good Physics
prettygoodphysics.wikispaces.com This site has downloadable labs for college (scroll to bottom of links) and high school courses. You can post material after registering (free).
Merlot merlot.org; online teaching and learning materials; there is a search feature
MIT Open Courseware Physics ocw.mit.edu This site has course notes, homework, exams and other material for a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level physics courses at MIT.
MIT Open Courseware ocw.mit.edu This is the home page for MIT open courses.
Moloney Mike Moloney's site; information on using spreadsheets to teach physics; Physics Resource Packet Project, materials that teachers can use with symbolic algebra programs and spreadsheets to teach physics
Nebraska Calc
Physics 1975
digitalcommons.unl.edu This site has free calculus based physics modules developed in 1975.
NOVA NOVA programs are described; browse by title or subject; teacher resources are online
NSTA Freebies nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx National Science Teachers Association This site has free materials for science teachers in a wide variety of science areas. The target audience is pre-college but there are resources suitable for college classes.
Pat's Picks expertvoices.nsdl.org This site is the blog of "Pat Viele is the Physics & Astronomy Librarian for the Edna McConnell Clark Physical Sciences Library at Cornell University. Her weekly round-up of exemplary Web resources for STEM educators will appear in this blog."
Physics Classroom physicsclassroom.com This site has tutorials and multimedia presentations on topics from introductory physics.
PHYS-L Archives PHYS-L Listserv archives of the forum for physics educators email discussions, searchable by date (month/year) or topic
PHYS-L Home Page physicsed.buffalostate.edu; This site has information about the PHYS-L mailing list and other physics education mailing lists.
Physics To Go compadre.org; This site has a collection of links that let you learn physics principles. You can browse by topic or search the site.
Science Forums AmaSci.com; list of educator online and e-mail discussion groups
Science/Physics Education U. of Maryland; This is a collection of links to departments engaged in physics education research.
Sprott J. C. Sprott's site, Wisconsin U.; scroll down ... PowerPoints for popular lectures, downloadable video of the Wonders of Physics lectures, more
Tutorials from Glenbrook glenbrook.k12.il.us This site has introductory level tutorials on most non-modern physics topics.
Tutorials U. Guelph trigonometry, vectors, mechanics, graphing, algebra, units, significant figures
Resources Sonoma State U.; educational resources for physics and astronomy
Vernier Software and Equipment for science class rooms
World Lecture Hall U. Texas; physics, browse through the available courses
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Electricity and Magnetism
Cell Phone Physics yale.edu This page has a written description of the physics of cell phones.
Earth's Magnetic Field Dr. Sten Odenwald (NASA/Raytheon)answers 32 questions about the earth's magnetic field
Earth's Magnetic Field National Geophysical Data Center; space weather; nice online Earth's magnetic field calculator, follow these links: models, online software, compute the field values, enter your zip code
Earth's Magnetic Field Data USGS; monitoring of Earth's magnetic field, real time data from several observatories, very nice movies of the historical changes in the field, good Intro. to Geomagnetism, prediction models are out of date
Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Gary Glatzmaier and Paul Roberts; computer simulation showing reversal of polarity of Earth's magnetic field
Earth's Magnetic Pole Movement NASA Science News; North magnetic pole position
Electromagnetism Timeline of developments in electricity and magnetism
Electrostatics Bill Beaty's electrostatics page; projects, articles, links
Lenz's Law Simple applet and explanation
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Electronics
Bowden's Circuits Bowden's Hobby Circuits for hobbyists and students, over 100 circuits, links to other sites
Circuits Archive U. of Washington Electrical Engineering Dept.
Epanorama epanorama.net; Articles and Links for a multitude of electronics topics
Hobby Circuits hobby_elect.piclist.com/; Seiichi Inoue's site. This site is a well organized collection of circuits with photos, circuit diagrams, and instructions.
Lessons Tony R. Kuphaldt's site; Lessons in Electric Circuits; online lessons
Molecular Expressions micro.magnet.fsu.edu; Michael W. Davidson's site at Florida State. This page has links to various tutorials on beginning electronics. The site also has links to Interactive Java Tutorials that help explain concepts of beginning electronics, atomic properties, and a wide variety of complicated electronic devices (including computer related devices).
Sensors sensorland.com; How sensors and systems work, over 70 articles
SPICE Berkeley; SPICE circuit simulator
SPICE Resources links to online resources for the SPICE circuit simulator
Superconductors description, history, uses, types of, news, and more
Tesla PBS site on the life and work of Nikola Tesla
Transistor History PBS site; electron, PN junction, development of the transistor, more
Tutorials free tutorials, amateur radio, amplifiers, antennas, devices (with circuits), filters, oscillators and more
WebEE web-ee.com; schematics, tutorials, links, downloads
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Energy Resources
Alternative Energy www.otherpower.com; This site has information and instructions on building wind, solar, etc. power generators.
Energy Audit Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Do-it-yourself energy audit. You will enter your zip code and facts about your house. You can select the energy upgrade and calculate the cost savings and payback time.
Energy Information Administration eia.doe.gov; This site has monthly data on energy consumption. Data is given for Fossil Fuels, Nuclear, and Renewable energy sources. Data on prices is also given.
Energy Perspectives DOE.gov; pdf graphs related to energy costs, production, etc., petroleum, nuclear, etc.
Oil Crisis oilcrisis.com; This site has information and commentary regarding the supply and use of petroleum. There are links for Alternative (renewable) energy sources.
Renewable Energy National Renewable Energy Lab; basics, energy efficiency, delivery, storage
Renewable Energy Links www.otherpower.com; This page has links to a wide variety of alternative energy sites. You can submit a site to be added to the collection of links.
Residential Electricity Prices eia.doe.gov; This site is a brochure that gives a general description of the generation and distribution of electrical energy. The site has informative pie charts and graphs for 2003 and earlier years.
Rev-Up rev-up.org This site has mulitple resources related to education about renewable energy. You can add material to the site. The site has links to simulations, lectures, projects, etc. on the topic of renewable energy.
Space Solar Power spacesolarpower.wordpress.com; Summer 2007... This site asks for ideas from the public on how to implement the collection of solar energy in space and deliver that energy to the surface of the earth.
Sustainable Energy Conf 2008 rael.berkeley.edu This site has pdfs and PowerPoints of the conference presentations for the physics of sustainable energy, 2008 at Berkeley.
USA Energy Info www.eia.doe.gov This site has historical energy statistics.
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Equipment ...No endorsement is implied for any of these companies.
Arbor Scientific arborsci.com; This company supplies smaller pieces of equipment and demonstration items for elementary schools up through college level.
Educational Inovations www.teachersource.com; This company provides a wide range of simple products.
Harbor Freight harborfreight.com; This site has a wide range of tools and equipment. You can search for an item or browse. It is possible to find low cost items that can be used in teaching physics (and other sciences).
Pasco pasco.com; This company supplies equipment for labs and classrooms from middle schools up through college level. Equipment, software, lab instructions, forums, and more are available at this site.
Sargent Welch www.sargentwelch.com; Extensive catalog of products suitable for high school and college labs.
Vernier Software and Equipment for science class rooms
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Fermi Questions
Fermi Solutions tufts.edu; This web page gives the reasoning used to 'solve' three Fermi type questions.
Maryland University of Maryland Fermi Problems site; This web page has general questions and questions for selected topic areas in physics.
Order of Magnitude Sheila Talamo's site; "order of magnitude" questions; two questions have annotated solutions
Science Olympics Science Olympics site; The site has a grading rubric and lists of Fermi questions
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Gravity
Gravitational Force fourmilab.ch/gravitation/foobar; This site discusses the force of gravity and describes a simple setup to observe the gravitational attraction between two objects. The site also has videos of the experiment. This is not the traditional Cavendish Experiment. I have not set up the equipment described in this video. I would be interested in hearing from someone that this really works as shown in the video.
Gravity Simulator Java Applet, interactive, preset starting conditions
Orbits Java Applet, preset variety of orbits
Tides and Currents NOAA data and information on ocean tides and currents.
Weight Your weight on other planets, enter your own weight
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Links (Collections of Online Resources)
Barrett home.messiah.edu; Bob Barrett's collection of physics links; animations, astronomy, careers, ..., resources, software
Dalling faculty.lsmsa.edu This page has links (mostly physics) organized into chapters that roughly match a year long introductory physics course. Other topics include Biographies and History of Science, Astronomy, Math, Geology, Biology, Science and Society, Science and Art.
Potter www.sciencegems.com/physical2.html This site has links to various tutorials and simulations.
Simanek Donald Simanek's site; documents, lab reports, links
SJW sciencejoywagon.com; textbooks, research, fun, biographies, more
Web Sights physicsed.buffalostate.edu; This site has collections of web sites organized by year. Many of the links you find were reported in the Web Sights column of "The Physics Teacher." You will need to click on the year folder and then select the month.
Yahoo! Physics This is a direct link to Physics directory of Yahoo!
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Miscellaneous
AAPT Facebook facebook.com Social Network page for the American Assoc. of Physics Teachers.
Amusement Park Physics roller coaster, bumper cars, etc
ArXiv Papers arxiv.org This site has free access to scientific papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
Baseball Physics webusers.npl.uiuc.edu/~a-nathan/pob; Alan Nathan's extensive page on the physics of baseball.
Careers careers.aapt.org This site has tools for job seekers and employers.
Careers aps.org/careers This site seeks to inform students about careers that use physics.
Cavendish Lab www-outreach.phy.cam.ac.uk This site has very good explanations and animations of historical discoveries in physics that were made at the Cavendish lab.
Data NIST www.nist.gov; This site has physical reference data. The site also has links to chemistry data and many other categories of data.
Educypedia Educypedia is an information resource about scientific and educational material; biology, chemistry, physics, electronics, space, more
Factbook Glenn Elert's site; facts on topics from acceleration to volume; This is a good source for numbers when you are writing physics problems.
FAQ Physics Frequently Asked Questions; general questions, particle physics, nuclear, quantum, relativity, cosmology, links to other FAQ's
Galileo NOVA; his life, the telescope, his experiments, more
Gift Ideas acsu.buffalo.edu This site has gift ideas with an academic flavor. I have not ordered anything from the site and have no connection to the site.
Graph Paper free pdf files of various types of graph paper
How Stuff Works HowStuffWorks, Inc.; tabbed categories at top of page; articles; scroll down to see a list of categories
How Things Work Louis A. Bloomfield's site; select topic from drop down list on left side; Instruction Information, demos, more
Humor Product
Labels
www.netfunny.com This page has humorous suggested product warning labels that have a science foundation.
IBM Rsearch IBM research in various disciplines
Innocentive innocentive.com This web site allows companies to post tasks that need solutions. Those who provide the solution get paid. I have not registered and don't know anyone who has used the site so use caution.
Iona Iona Preparatory School; well organized page, general physics facts and formulas, lists of interactive simulations, links
Jokes Jokes and Science; wide variety of topics, Astronomy, Physics, Computers, Einstein, etc.
Limericks APS; Humor with content
Makezine makezine.com; Project ideas from a wide variety of science disciplines
Murphy's Laws Humor ... Murphy's and other laws
Movie Physics Reviews of movies based on their level of bad physics
Nobel Prize Official site for the Nobel Foundation; You can enter a year (e.g. 1921) and read the speeches given at the presentation of the Nobel prize.
Particle Adventure Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; neutrinos, quarks, antimatter, accelerators, etc.
Photo Contest AAPT aapt.org This site has archives of the best photos submitted for the High School Photo Contest from 1998 to the present. You will have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links to photos from previous years.
Photos photos.aip.org This site has favorite photos selected from the Emilio Segre Visual Archives. The photos can be purchased but they are expensive. Please respect the copyright.
Physics Review (notes) physics.aps.org This page has links to one page comments and explanations by experts upon just-published papers in Physical Review and Physical Review Letters.
PhysicsWorld physicsworld.com; This site has physics related News, Jobs, and Resources
Popular Science www.popsci.com This is the home page for Popular Science magazine. Look for the link on this page to the free archive of 138 years of the magazine. This archive can be searched.
Science.gov science.gov A portal to science documents generated by the U.S. government. This site has a very wide range of topics.
Royal Society journals.royalsoc.ac.uk; Online Journals of the Royal Society
Science Hobbyist William Beaty's site; links to suppliers of equipment; ideas for projects; many miscellaneous topics; many links to other sites
Scientific Method Scientific Method explained in detail
Selected Papers AIP; Franklin, Henry, Michelson, Roland, Gibbs, Millikan, Compton
Sports Physics glenbrook.k12.il.us; This site has a table of links to web pages that give physics explanations for effects in many sports.
Summer Research REU nsf.gov/crssprgrm/reu This site has information about the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates. There are links on the left side of the window for students and faculty.
Time USNO tycho.usno.navy.mil; US Navy Observatory; Current Time; Information about time measurements and their uses.
Time Measurement NIST Physics Lab; Ancient Calendars, history of clocks and time keeping up to the modern age
Twentieth Century Physics APS; physics advances organized by decade, an index of topics is available for navigation using the Search link
Wolfram Alpha wolframalpha.com/examples/Physics.html This site has built in calculators that cover many topics in classical and modern physics.
Workshop Physics physics.dickinson.edu This site gives information about the Workshop Physics approach to physics education. This is an active learning, experimental, approach to education that has been well received.
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Museums
Exploratorium San Francisco museum that claims to have over 18,000 web pages; directed towards pre-college age but has useful material
Galileo museogalileo Museo Galileo in Florence Italy. This site provides access to a virtual museum where you can download video and audio. Other links include Libraries, Exhibitions, Galileo Portal, and more.
Science and Industry, Chicago www.msichicago.org
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News
Links top10links.com; Links to general science news sources
Research News scicentral.com; scientific research news
Science 360 news.science360.gov/files This site has recent news for all areas of science. There are videos, images, and stories.
Scien-Central http://www.sciencentral.com; This site has news items that you can browse by subject (i.e. Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth, Materials, Physics, Climate, Oceans). There are short video clips that registered users can watch.
Science Daily www.sciencedaily.com; News from all fields of science.
SciTech scitechdaily.com; news, forums, articles related to science, science portholes, more
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Nuclear Physics
AE4RV Plant Sim www.ae4rv Simulate the operation of a nuclear power plant and try to avoid a meltdown.
ANS American Nuclear Society; radiation dose calculator, special topics page with Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, nuclear power, etc.; click on Home link to get to more resources
Atom Bomb AtomicArchive.com; science and history of nuclear weapons, with a large volume of information
Chain Reaction Applet W. Bauer; simple applet showing chain reaction in uranium
Chernobyl about.com Summary of the Chernobyl accident
Chernobyl Photos timmsuess.com This site has recent photos of the Chernobyl area.
Chernobyl Journal Filatova Elena Vladimirovna's report of driving in the area around Chernobyl.
Cloud Chamber Video cloudchambers.com; This site has an online video that show alpha and beta tracks, and secondary cosmic rays, in a cloud chamber. This is a promotional video for the company's product. There are several cloud chamber videos on YouTube.
Dose Chart xkcd.com/radiation This site displays ionizing radiation dose graphically. The cause of various dose levels is presented. The chart is up to date with actually nuclear events up through spring 2011 (Fukushima, Japan).
Geiger Counter geigercounter.org This site has basic explanations for the nucleus, radioactivity, isotopes, geiger counter operation, and more. It is much more than just a page about geiger counters.
Fusion Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; stars, magnetic and inertial confinement
Isotopes ie.lbl.gov This site from Berkeley lists isotopes, abundances, etc. and decay data.
Karnobyl Sim www.ida.liu.se Simple simulation of a nuclear power plant. Try to avoid a meltdown as malfunctions occur.
Nuclear Weapons National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Nuclide Data NIST physics.nist.gov; This site has ionization energies, mass values of isotopes, ground state electron configuration, data on spectral lines, and more.
Nuclide Data LBL Use the link to the Periodic Chart to easily obtain the data
Nuclide Data BNL nndc.bnl.gov; I would suggest that you click on the decay mode button on the right side of the window. I found the view of the whole chart more informative than information on one particular nuclide. You can click on an isotope box more easily if you zoom to level 2. Then click on the arrows around the zoom list to move along the graph of the nuclides.
Nuclide Data Webelements webelements.com; Click on an element. Then click on the Nuclear Data link on the left side of the screen.
Nuclide Table atom.kaeri.re.kr; This site provides data on nuclides. You can enter the chemical symbol and atomic mass number or click on the isotope on the graph. Some of the data includes the mass of the neutral atom in amu's, the binding energy, decay modes with energies and half lives.
Nuclide Chart wwwndc.tokai-sc.jaea.go.jp 2004 Chart of Nuclides. You can search for the element and mass number. Data includes half life, decay mode, decay energy, etc.
Radiation Dose www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/calculate.html This site has a simple interactive calculator. The user selects items from drop-down lists to personalize the radiation dose calculation.
Radon USGS; archive site, maps of geologic radon potential in USA, gamma ray exposure 1 meter above ground, uranium-238 concentrations, more
Radon Nebraska hhss.ne.gov/radon; This site lists summaries (average radon level, highest result, etc.) of the tests for radon in Nebraska cities and counties. A map of county results is also available.
Three Mile Island PBS companion site to the video: 'Meltdown at Three Mile Island'; I highly recommend the video! I found it to be accurate and very well put together with a great deal of film shot during the accident. This site has some information on nuclear reactors and the details of the accident.
Three Mile Island Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Three Mile Island NRC Factsheet
Yucca Mountain EPA; Information on the proposed high-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada
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Online Textbooks
AP Physics B archive.org/details/ap_physics_b; This site has explanations and animations for introductory physics.
Archive archive.org This site has digital copies of free and out-of-copyright documents. The search box is at the top left of the window. You can search for categories by media type. (e.g. physics in the first search box and texts in the dropdown list of media types.
HyperTextBook Glenn Elert's site; under construction
Light and Matter Ben Crowell's site; Free online textbook for Introductory Physics
Millikan Gale 1922 archive.org This is a 63 MB pdf file of 556 scanned pages. The text covers elementary physics: measurement, mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, radioactivity. The text has many examples of practical physics and good diagrams. The scans are quite readable.
Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics; This is an entry in the Wikipedia. Here you can find explanations on topics of physics and general background about physics. It is not an organized physics textbook.
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Optics
Atmospheric Optics Les Cowley's site; Spectacular photos of interesting effects involving light in the atmosphere, with explanations
Laser 50th Year www.laserfest.org This site celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Laser (2010). There are explanations of laser operation, historical information, and current news that involves uses of lasers.
Laser History aip.org This site has historical background on the development of the laser, photos, audio clips of interviews with key people, and uses of the laser.
Optics Bench hazelwood.k12.mo.us; This applet lets you place a source, beam, or object on the optical axis. Then you can place lenses, mirrors and apertures on the optical axis. You can drag the focus to adjust the focal lengths.
Optical Illusions Michael Bach's site; thumbnails and larger views with explanations
Optics and You Michael W. Davidson's site, Florida State; timeline, activities, tutorials
Rainbows National Center for Atmospheric Research; lots of information about rainbows
Thin Lens phy.ntnu.edu.tw; Thin lenses, mirrors on an optical bench. The user can move the optical devices around. The program draws rays that locate the image. The program also calculates the magnification.
Virtual Microscope virtual,itg.uiuc.edu This site has background on microscopes and images for visible light, electron, and scanning microscopes.
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Relativity
Compadre Tutorial compadre.org/relativity This site has a collection of resources related to Special and General Relativity.
Dummies' Guide Arfur Dogfrey's site; The concepts of Special Relativity are explained without using math; The site is hosted at tripod.com so expect popup ads when you view this site.
Einstein American History of Natural History; This site has articles on his life, his scientific work, and his place in history.
Einstein's Papers Einstein Archives Online Website; scientific and non-scientific papers
Einstein (AIP) AIP Center for History of Physics site; organized by periods of Einstein's life; links to other online resources
Einstein Light U. of New South Wales, Australia; requires flash; Animations and explanations related to Galileo, Maxwell, Einstein, Time Dilation, E=mc2
Einstein Online links related to Einstein; overviews, writings, moments, physics, quotes, pictures, miscellaneous
Einstein's Big Idea NOVA; E = mc2 and more
Spacetime Diagrams Tatsu Takeuchi's site; The site uses space-time diagrams to help explain the concepts and conclusions of Special Relativity.
Special Relativity howstuffworks.com; Frames of Reference, 1st Postulate, 2nd Postulate, Time, Energy and Mass, Simultaneous Events, thorough explanation of the Twin Paradox, more
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Simple Harmonic Motion
Pendulum Java Applet by Hwang, interactive, graphs PE and KE
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Simulations (Applets, Flash, Other Software)
Applets - Falstad Paul Falstad's site; wide variety of applets, oscillations, waves, EM, Quantum, Thermodynamics, math; links to other applet pages
Applets - Fendt Walter Fendt's site; uses Java 1.4 Runtime Environment; 1.1 page is available; interactive applets organized by physics topic; well focused on each topic
Applets - Oregon U of Oregon; physics, astronomy
Applets and Flashlets Michael Fowler's site, U. of Virginia; applets (Java) and flashlets (Flash), applets available for free download, read conditions of use
Calgary Board of Education projects.cbe.ab.ca; Applets for kinematics, force, momentum, energy, waves, light, Millikan Oil Drop, Hydrogen atom.
Coaster www.funderstanding.com/coaster This Java applet lets the user set the height of three sections of the track, select friction, select the value of the acceleration due to gravity, mass, and the intitial velocity of the roller coaster car. Try to build a track that the car can complete without stopping or flying off the track.
Easy Java Simulations
Wiki
www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki This site provides instructions on using the Easy Java Simulation system.
Easy Java Simulations fem.um.es; F. Esquembre's site; Ejs is a program that helps you create applets for scientific simulations. It is free for non-commercial purposes.
Flash Animations David Harrison's animations; there is some interactivity, the site has a tutorial on writing Flash animations for physics
Ilumina ilumina-dlib.org; educational resources, mostly physlets (applets), searchable other sciences on home page
Interactive Physics A. John Mallinckrodt's site; interactive physics simulations written for the Interactive Physics(TM) software; You can view the simulation as a Quicktime movie or download the simulation and run it interactively in the Interactive Physics program.
Millikan Oil Drop Good webphysics.davidson.edu; This site allows the user to change the voltage between the fixed plates, apply radiation, and measure the time required to move a known distance.
Millikan Oil Drop Simplified phy.ntnu.edu.tw; This site lets the user select the voltage, change the charge (1 to 5 electrons, set randomly), and change the drop (size is random). The applet calculates Q based on the voltage, the terminal velocity in free fall, and terminal velocity when the E field is applied. Note, that as of January, 2008 the formula on the page is wrong. The velocity down should be under the square root, not the velocity moving up. Q is calculated correctly.
Molecular Workbench mw.concord.org; Physics Exhibits from Molecular Workbench. This site has a wide range of simulations from Newtonian mechanics to Quantum Mechanics. You must have at least Java Version 5 to run the simulations.
Open Source Physics compadre.org/osp/ This site has compiled programs, curriculum packages, EJS modeling, programming tools and more.
PhET U. Colorado - Physics Education Technology; Java and Flash interactive simulations for introductory physics; also Chemistry and Math Tools; you can freely download all of the simulations in one file
Physics 2000 U. of Colorado; Java and Flash simulations
Physlets webphysics.davidson.edu/applets; This site gives background information on Physics Applets. The page has links to tutorials, downloads, example problems, copyright information and how physlets can be documented with Javadoc.
Physlets davidson.edu; This site has web based interactive physics problems
Physlet Guide natsim.net/en.html; This site gives instructions on how to use physlets for teaching. This site also allows the user to search through 15,000 simulation pages and 4,500 physlet pages.
Spreadsheets U. Virginia; Michael Fowler; Teaching dynamics with Excel. You can download Excel spreadsheets from this site. The site also has instructions as to how the spreadsheets are constructed.
Tarara Richard Tarara's site; free software downloads, class room animations, Calorimetry, Centripetal Force, E&M, Optics, Special Relativity, Thermo, Energy management simulators, photo-realistic lab simulations, and much more.
uCOMP compadre.org/uCOMP This site is "a collection and a place for sharing information and resources for those interested in computational physics." The simulations are intended to help the educational process.
Virtual Physics Lab Hwang's site with applets for many areas of physics
Science Simulations hal-pc.org; applets organized by topic; Minds On Physics simulations; The site uses Physlets
Wolfram Demonstrations demonstrations.wolfram.com; "The Wolfram Demonstrations Project is an open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts in science, technology, mathematics, art, finance, and a remarkable range of other fields." You can view the demonstrations easily in a browser. Or, you can download interactive modules, but will also need to download a free Mathematica player to use them.
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Units
Dictionary of Units ex.ac.uk site
NIST NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty
Powers of Ten Similar to the Powers of Ten movie
Unit Converter Ben-Cam InterMedia; convert standard and unusual units here, also has an online scientific calculator with 16 digits displayed
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Video
60 Symbols sixtybymbols.com Nottingham University "Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham." The videos are good quality and are uusually 5 to 10 minutes in length.
"Best" Physics
Videos
bestphysicsvideos.blogspot.com This site has physics videos listed by category. The videos range from old class room lectures to computer simulations.
Acceleration youtube.com A jet, car, and motorcycle start at the same time down a long runway.
Do Flick doflick.com This site has some educational videos. The video quality is a little better than YouTube. I found physics videos but no astronomy videos.
LivePhoto RIT livephoto.rit.edu These short video clips are interactive. The user can collect data off of the vidoe clips. I prefered the .swf (Flash) files.
Mechanical Universe learner.org; Annenberg Media; This site allows you to watch the Mechanical Universe videos if you have a broadband connection. The videos were produced by the California Institute of Technology and Intelecom. 1985. You will have to register (free) before you can watch the videos.
NOVA teachersdomain.org This site has videos, interactives, and web pages for topics related to NOVA PBS programs. You need to be a registered user (free) to make full use of the site. Much of the material is for grades up through 12th.
Pelletier web.ncf.ca This site sells short video clips in Quicktime and AVI format. They are advertised as ready to be inserted into PowerPoint presentations.
Perimeter Institute Lectures perimeterinstitute.ca This site has archives of public lectures by invited speakers on various topics in physics and astronomy. The lectures go back to June 2004 with about 5 lectures each year.
PhysClips www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au This site has video, explanations, and resources for a variety of intro. physics topics.
PL Singapore www.plsingapore.com This site has some chemistry and physics demonstration and teaching videos. It may not be a terrific site but there are some useful videos.
Powers of 10 1977 youtube.com This is the original powers of 10 movie made in 1977.
SciTalks scitalks.com Science videos for a wide range of fields.
Sulfur Hexafluoride Boat www.glumbert.com/media/float; This site has a video of an aluminum foil boat floating in a tank of sulfur hexafluoride.
TUVA Feynman research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/tuva This site has 7 video lectures by Feynman from 1964. The videos are black and white. You will need to have Microsoft's Silverlight installed to view the videos.
YouTube Physics youtube.com; This link takes you to youtube.com and performs a keyword search for physics.
YouTube Video Converter vixy.net This site has an online tool to convert Flash video found on YouTube to various video formats. You can then download the converted file.
Video Converter for FireFox downloadhelper.net This site provides a Firefox extension to help download video off the Internet.
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