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Interactive Physics Problem Set

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9 to 12
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This site has 100 physics problems, listed by topic, for students to attempt and find the answers online. Simulations(movies) may be viewed by Macintosh computers only, but texts of...more
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This site has 100 physics problems, listed by topic, for students to attempt and find the answers online. Simulations(movies) may be viewed by Macintosh computers only, but texts of the problems work on any computer. Great for reinforcement in another medium.

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Zona Land : Education in Physics and Mathematics - Ed Zobel

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Click on the "More Science..." link to access activities with Physics or the "More Math..." link for Geometry, Trigonometry, and more. Find a Simple Data Grapher, Curve fitting, Graph...more
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Click on the "More Science..." link to access activities with Physics or the "More Math..." link for Geometry, Trigonometry, and more. Find a Simple Data Grapher, Curve fitting, Graph paper, and help with many mathematical concepts in the math section.

tag(s): calculators (41), charts and graphs (195), forces (45), functions (70), light (46), motion (59), optics (13), vectors (25), waves (21)

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This site includes simple definitions of physics terminology and a game to demonstrate momentum. It has a good array of mathematical content useful for students in or out of class. It could be useful for student review or supplemental material. Be sure to link this site to your class web page or bookmark on a classroom computer for easy access.

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Virtual Physics Lab

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9 to 12
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Here's a site from the University of Oregon that offers a collection of Java applets that illustrate physics lab activities - like plotting the trajectory of a cannonball - that ...more
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Here's a site from the University of Oregon that offers a collection of Java applets that illustrate physics lab activities - like plotting the trajectory of a cannonball - that might be difficult in the classroom. Though the quality of these applets is uneven, the site is well worth a look since it could easily be used in either individual or group settings.

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Trebuchet.com

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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how...more
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how to build their own miniature version, and they can study why the trebuchet worked so efficiently. This one's both fun and instructional.

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit or lesson on the physics of throwing machines. Use this site to provide a historic example of their many uses. Teachers can focus simply on the history of mechanics of the machinery OR can have students attempt to create their own based on the directions and resources provided. This would be a great resource for either a History or Physics classroom.

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Skateboard Science - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a fascinating look into the physics behind all those bizzare skateboard tricks. Learn why riders and boards stay together, and about...more
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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a fascinating look into the physics behind all those bizzare skateboard tricks. Learn why riders and boards stay together, and about the forces that combine to make a successful trick. Along the way, there are links to other related topics.

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The Physics Classroom, Glenbrook, IL

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9 to 12
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This site has a complete online high school physics tutorial for students, including links to animations to understand basic concepts. Class projects, supplemental resources, and Internet...more
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This site has a complete online high school physics tutorial for students, including links to animations to understand basic concepts. Class projects, supplemental resources, and Internet problems are included. A real treasure chest!

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Physics4Kids

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6 to 12
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This is an engaging, "real science" site with explanations and narrative designed to keep students involved. There are explanations of more than a dozen concepts, each in sufficient...more
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This is an engaging, "real science" site with explanations and narrative designed to keep students involved. There are explanations of more than a dozen concepts, each in sufficient detail that the site can serve as both an independent study and an enrichment resource.

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Teachers may also find the site a good resource for strategies on conveying abstract concepts.

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Physics 2000 - University of Colorado

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View very well done simulations (Java Applets) of Physics concepts. Some may be a little slow to load into your computer, but they are worth the wait to illustrate concepts ...more
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View very well done simulations (Java Applets) of Physics concepts. Some may be a little slow to load into your computer, but they are worth the wait to illustrate concepts which change and move on the screen. Along with the simulations are buttons to click to "put it in context," i.e. explain how the concept relates to something in everyday life. Use this as a student resource or on a projector for the entire class.

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The Particle Adventure - Particle Data Group

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9 to 12
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Navigate through the world of atoms, quarks, anti-matter, and neutrinos while exploring two fundamental questions: "What is the world made of?" and "What holds it together?" Mind-boggling...more
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Navigate through the world of atoms, quarks, anti-matter, and neutrinos while exploring two fundamental questions: "What is the world made of?" and "What holds it together?" Mind-boggling and thought-provoking ideas are presented in a clear, well-organized format. Teachers can investigate a variety of helpful resources, including a glossary, downloadable student activity sheets, and links to related educational sites. The content on this award-winning site is approachable, user-friendly, and very non-threatening for beginning physics students.

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Hands on Physics - Concord Consortium

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Hands on Physics is an experience-based physics course developed by the Concord Consortium. Its goal is to provide a set of experiments which present complex challenges using materials...more
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Hands on Physics is an experience-based physics course developed by the Concord Consortium. Its goal is to provide a set of experiments which present complex challenges using materials and equipment which are easily and inexpensively available. Several lesson plans are also available.

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This site covers almost everything in basic physics, and would be an excellent site for students to use while reviewing for a quiz or test. Design a worksheet for students to fill out that accompanies the site, or use the site as a learning center or station.

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Fusion and Plasma Physics - Princetom Plasma Lab

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Here's a site from the Princetom Plasma Lab that explains fusion - the basic energy force that drives the universe. Designed for high school students, the site explains the principles...more
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Here's a site from the Princetom Plasma Lab that explains fusion - the basic energy force that drives the universe. Designed for high school students, the site explains the principles of fusion and provides interactive illustrations to show how fusion can create abundant energy sources.

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Building Big - PBS

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Teach basic concepts of physical science by using the structures students see everyday. This companion site to a PBS television series examines bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and...more
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Teach basic concepts of physical science by using the structures students see everyday. This companion site to a PBS television series examines bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels, and the physical forces that affect them. After learning about each structure and "visiting" some well-known examples throughout the world, students can participate in a series of interactive online experiments that illustrate the impact that materials, loads, and shapes can have on a structure. Check out the Educators' Guide for suggestions on how to incorporate this site into your curriculum.

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A Century of Physics

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8 to 12
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The American Physical Society presents this elegant, decade-by-decade review of innovations in physics during the twentieth century. There are descriptions of major events, several...more
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The American Physical Society presents this elegant, decade-by-decade review of innovations in physics during the twentieth century. There are descriptions of major events, several time lines, and lots of illustrations to keep students' attention. Predictably, there is lots of information on the evolution of the atomic bomb and progress in astrophysics.

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Albert Einstein Biography - American Institute of Physics

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From the American Institute of Physics - This page offers a commemorative biography of Einstein which highlights both his life and his contributions to the study of physics. Good term...more
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From the American Institute of Physics - This page offers a commemorative biography of Einstein which highlights both his life and his contributions to the study of physics. Good term paper material written from a scientific perspective.

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Antimatter Mysteries

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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try...more
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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try this one if you have a few students who need a little "something extra" to think about!

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Amusement Park Physics - CPB/Annenberg

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This site, part of the Annenberg Center's collection of web activities, offers a simple introduction to the physics involved in riding a roller coaster, and allows young experimenters...more
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This site, part of the Annenberg Center's collection of web activities, offers a simple introduction to the physics involved in riding a roller coaster, and allows young experimenters to design their own roller coaster (friction-free, no less!) to see how it performs. Students could use this site easily.

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AIP Physics News, American Institute of Physics - American Institute of Physics

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This site indexes the latest information on each of several dozen physics topics. It would be useful in finding material and starting points for student research projects. ...more
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This site indexes the latest information on each of several dozen physics topics. It would be useful in finding material and starting points for student research projects.

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Strange Stuff Explained - PBS

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This section from a larger site about Stephen Hawking offers a layman's description of some of cosmology's more common, yet puzzling, terms. What is a black hole, anyway? Can you ...more
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This section from a larger site about Stephen Hawking offers a layman's description of some of cosmology's more common, yet puzzling, terms. What is a black hole, anyway? Can you see a quark, and if so, for how long? Find the answers here.

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Heat

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One of a set of experiential lessons developed by the Concord Coalition for high school students. ...more
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One of a set of experiential lessons developed by the Concord Coalition for high school students.

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Advanced Mechanics

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