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Thinking About Physics - Physics Q and A
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This website, hosted by Five Colleges, Incorporated, offers a Thinking About Physics "placard" with interesting physics problems or questions. The reader is encouraged to answer the questions on their own using hints, clues, and other discussion offered by the website. Links are provided for additional information.

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Education
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
01/10/2009
Understanding Science: How Science Really Works
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This web site was developed to provide an accessible, fun, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it works. It was designed to help learners of all ages "re-engage" with science and appreciate the dynamic, exciting nature of the scientific process, and the human motivations that underlie it. It includes interactive tutorials on the process of science, classroom resources for teachers, and a do-it-yourself guide on how to design a fair experiment.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/14/2010
St. Louis Area Physics Teachers Teaching Resources
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This webpage provides teaching resources useful for teaching introductory physics both at the college and high school level. These resources are created by the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT) members. They include materials shared through SLAPT workshops.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Simulation
Unit of Study
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT)
Date Added:
08/07/2011
OnScreen Particle Physics
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OnScreen Particle Physics, developed by OnScreen Science, Inc., is a Macintosh, and Windows 95/NT particle-chamber simulation, that lets instructors and students do real modern physics without advanced math. OnScreen Particle Physics is also great for independent study.

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Computing and Information
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
OnScreen Science
Date Added:
10/10/2003
Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite: Thinking Problems by Subject
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This is a collection of introductory physics problems designed for active learning classrooms. Each exercise in this collection is built around research on student acquisition of knowledge. Problems were designed to allow students to consider their own intuitive reasoning processes to help them gain deeper insights. Specific topics include Mechanics, Heat and Temperature, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Properties of Matter, Modern Physics, and Optics. A link is also provided to see all the problems displayed by type, such as multiple choice, qualitative reasoning, ranking tasks, context-based, essay questions, and more.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
07/17/2008
Physics/Science/Math Days @ California's Great America
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This website describes the physics, science, and math day activities at California's Great America Theme Park in San Francisco. Worksheets and curricular resources related to the park rides are available for download.

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Technology
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Clarence Bakken
Date Added:
10/10/2003
Physics 620D Electricity
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This web side is part of the University of Virginia Physical Science Series, a collection of graduate-level courses designed to help K-12 science teachers connect content with best-practice teaching models. This item offers lesson plans and six activities to reinforce understanding of circuits, current, and electrostatics. The materials and activities are based on physics education research.

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Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Stephen Thornton
Date Added:
03/13/2006
Physics Suite Sample Problems: Modern Physics
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This is a collection of introductory physics problems on topics in 20th century physics. The questions are designed for active learning classrooms and are built around research on student acquisition of knowledge. The problems vary in format and include context-based reasoning, multiple choice, estimation, and essay questions. The topics include conservation of mass and energy, nuclear decay, wave-particle duality, and spectroscopy. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

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Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
06/21/2005
Chaos and Non-Linear Physics
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In this experiment, we will discover: 1. how very simple systems can exhibit complex behavior under certain conditions, 2. the richness of the mathematical and physical structure of dynamical systems, 3. how an arbitrarily small change in the input can change the long-term conduct of a dynamical system drastically, 4. how to construct and interpret phase portraits and Poincare Maps for different kinds of responses of a system, 5. the mystery of Fiegenbaum constant and what makes chaos a universal underlying structure of the complexity exhibited by nonlinear dynamical systems, 6. a beautiful and artistic aspect of science in the form of attractors and fractals.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Junaid Alam
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Date Added:
02/13/2012
Understanding Science: Relating Evidence and Ideas
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This resource gives learners a framework for building a logical argument based on evidence obtained from observation. It provides models of good scientific arguments and tips for constructing an evidence-based conclusion. This web page is part of the Understanding Science project developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
10/22/2010
Intuitive Quantum Physics
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This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching wave physics and modern physics to non-science-majors. To match student skills, observation, qualitative analysis, and graphical representations are used to introduce interference, discuss energy and probability, and develop an understanding of bound states, spectroscopy, modeling of molecules, and tunneling.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jeffrey T. Morgan
Michael C. Wittmann
Date Added:
07/20/2007
Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities
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This web page provides a list of learning activities for Quantum Mechanics classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Included are activities for Operators, Eigenstates, Probability Densities, Stern-Gerlach Simulations, Schrödinger's Equation, and Time Evolution. This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.

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Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Corinne A. Manogue
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/08/2010
Analytical Sciences Digital Library
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The Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL) provides a collection of peer-reviewed web-based educational resources related to technical resources in the analytical sciences. Materials include articles, labware, educational practices, and more.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/18/2012
Mississippi State Physics Labs
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This web site contains a collection of labs for lower division college physics courses. The labs cover a variety of topics, including Newtonian mechanics, circuits, thermodynamics, waves, optics, and modern physics. Each lab includes a brief theoretical explanation of the concepts involved, a description of the equipment and procedures, and questions for the students. The labs are sorted by course and presented in the sequence used in the class. Some labs are used in multiple courses.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jack Denson
Joe Ferguson
Date Added:
10/01/2007
Modular Approach to Physics
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The multi-university project delivers modular, flexible online learning objects for introductory physics. These objects include a Java, Flash, or video application, suggested student activities, and extensive help. The simulations are designed to require students to explore the physical system and build understanding. The objects can be accessed in a coordinated learning interface, linked here, or individually.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Brian Martin
David Austin
Date Added:
05/24/2008
VPython Introductory Computational Physics
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This zip file contains the existing student computational activities developed by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood in the context of the introductory calculus-based physics curriculum Matter & Interactions (Chabay & Sherwood, John Wiley & Sons, 3rd edition, 2011). The 3D programming environment is VPython, which is based on the Python programming language. This collection contains many examples, more than can be assigned in any one semester. Instructors will wish to vary assigned activities from one semester to the next and/or vary initial conditions. These materials are free to physics instructors to use or modify to fit the needs of students. Those who are new to VPython might wish to work through all the Mechanics assignments in order. The authors request that users of these materials do not post all of the activities to a public place, just as they discourage students from collecting and posting solutions. It took a significant effort to create computational projects appropriate for the introductory course. The authors would like these to be usable for a while. Write to Ruth_Chabay@ncsu.edu or Bruce_Sherwood@ncsu.edu for a password to open the zip file. Please state how your status as a physics instructor can be verified. If you are not a physics instructor, note that the VPython installer includes abundant documentation and examples for learning VPython, and there are additional VPython physics examples available at http://matterandinteractions.org. Development of these activities was supported in part by NSF grants 9972420, 0320608, 0237132, and 0618504.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Bruce Sherwood
Ruth Chabay
Date Added:
08/13/2007
Modeling Physics.org
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This website contains a compilation of materials based on the Modeling Instruction pedagogical approach to teaching physics. It includes content support for teachers, model assessments, lab guides, student study guides, problems and solutions, and materials from professional physics education workshops. Materials are organized by fundamental models and encompass topics typically covered in an introductory physics curriculum. All resources are freely downloadable and may be reproduced for classroom use. The resources were developed for high school use but most are appropriate for use in Introductory Physics classes.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Mark Schober
Date Added:
12/03/2007
The Science of Hockey
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The Science of Hockey is the first in a series of "Sports Science" resources developed by the Exploratorium. This site takes you inside the game: you'll hear from NHL players and coaches from the San Jose Sharks, as well as leading physicists and chemists.

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Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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Science of Winter
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11/07/2014
Soggy Science, Shaken Beans
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Learners explore soybeans, soak them in water to remove their coat, and then split them open to look inside. They also make a musical shaker out of paper cups, a cardboard tube, and soybeans. This activity is designed to accompany the PBS documentary about African-American chemist "Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius." Percy Julian used soybeans to make medicines, special paints, and other items.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Chemical Society
American Playhouse
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Brown
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Science Foundation
Public Television Viewers
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Wondering about physics... Using computers and spreadsheet software in physics instruction
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The author deals with two issues in the use of computers in physics instruction: whether the use of computers can, in fact, be justified in physics instruction and, if it can, under what conditions; the use of spreadsheet software as a positive example of conclusions reached from the first issue. The first part of the paper wrestles with the justifiability issue and proposes some conclusions. The second part presents the application of spreadsheet software to physics instruction as an exemplar. The third part presents examples of an approach to using spreadsheets in physics classes that takes advantage of the instructional possibilities of the software.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Dewey Dykstra
Date Added:
06/13/2005
Free Physics Instructional Software
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This website provides educational software for use in teaching and learning physics. The software includes simulations, animations and utilities. Topics covered include motion, energy, and relativity. The programs are are archived into dowloadable zip archives.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Unit of Study
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Richard Tarara
Date Added:
06/14/2005
Physical Change
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In this activity, learners use heat to separate zinc and copper in a penny. This experiment demonstrates physical properties and how physical change (phase change) can be used to separate matter.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric Muller
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
07/11/2012
The Physics Classroom: Frequency and Period of a Wave
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This item is an interactive tutorial for high school physics/physical science on wave properties. It explores wave frequency and how it is differentiated from the wave period (a concept frequently misunderstood by beginning students). A self-paced question-and-answer sequence is provided at the end, allowing students to independently measure their own understanding. This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Tom Henderson
Date Added:
03/17/2009
Paradigms in Physics: E&M Activities
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This web page provides a list of learning activities for Junior level Electricity and Magnetism classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Among the topics included are charge and current density, fields, Gauss' and Ampere's laws, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Links to related mathematical concepts are also provided. This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Corinne A. Manogue
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
03/11/2010
Physlet Physics (2e) Online
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Physlet Physics contains a collection of exercises spanning the introductory physics sequence. These exercises use computer animations generated in Java applets to show physics content. We call these Java applets Physlets (Physics content simulated with Java applets). The second edition to Physlet Physics represents a major change in how the 800 Physlet-based interactive materials are delivered to teachers and students alike. Instead of accessing materials off of the CD that came with the first edition, now users simply access the Physlet Physics 2E from ComPADRE. This new edition is compatible with Java 6 and 7 and offers improved speed and security.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Mario Belloni
Wolfgang Christian
Date Added:
06/18/2013
Understanding Science: Fair Tests: A do-it-yourself guide
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This resource is a practical guide on how to design a fair experiment. In easy-to-understand language, it explains how to set up control groups, manipulate variables, avoid bias, and distinguish chance from real differences. Also included are links to example fair tests in the fields of medicine, paleontology, and physics. This web page is part of the Understanding Science project developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
09/28/2010
Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) Package
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The Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) Package contains read-to-run computer models and curricular materials for the teaching of statistical and thermal physics. You can choose from many different simulations and calculations ranging from probability distributions to Ising models. The STP Package is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java program. Double clicking the osp_stp.jar file will run the application if Java is installed. The source code for all programs in this package can be found by searching ComPADRE for the STP Eclipse workspace.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Harvey Gould
Jan Tobochnik
Date Added:
05/30/2008
Problem Based Learning for College Physics
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This web site contains a growing collection of field-tested problem-based learning activities for introductory physics classes. Problem based learning has students solve real-world problems by first determining the questions to be asked and the appropriate physics to be used. The goal of this collection is to help faculty overcome the difficulties in finding or creating good problems. It includes background and references on the problem-based approach and information about how it is best implemented in a class. Each problem includes a brief introduction and materials for students and instructors. Instructors interested in contributing PBL problems are strongly encouraged to do so through this site in the section Submit a Problem.

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Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Bruce Tracy
Nathaniel Lasry
Date Added:
05/22/2008
The Science Explorer
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This collection of excerpts from the Exploratorium Museum's science-at-home books provides entertaining activities that use simple ingredients and are accompanied by helpful information for explaining underlying scientific concepts. Some examples include: making a volcano, experiments with light, growing crystals, sunclocks, and rainbows. Each activity comes with full instructions and a materials list.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Galileo: His Place in Science
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Einstein called Galileo the "father of modern physics." This media-rich essay from the NOVA Web site looks at Galileo's quest to understand the mathematics of motion.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/29/2004
Modular Approach to Physics: Block on Springs
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This interactive applet simulates the forces acting on a vertically moving block. The block is supported by springs that, in turn, are resting on a platform. Users control velocity and acceleration, allowing them to learn about the normal force and how to use Newton's Second Law to calculate the normal force on a vertically accelerating object. This item is part of a module that includes a detailed lesson with related problems/solutions, learning outcomes, and instructions for use. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

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Technology
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Science Nation
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An online magazine examining the breakthroughs and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. Each week, Science Nation takes a dynamic, entertaining look at the research--and the researchers-- that will change our lives. The articles include text and video.

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Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Special Reports and Videos
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Physics Suite Thinking Problems: Electricity
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of electricity developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. Topics covered include electric fields, resistors, capacitors, parallel and series combinations, Coulomb's Law, Kirchoff's rules, dipoles, and calculating capacitance. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/14/2008
Modular Approach to Physics: Fletcher's Trolley
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This resource is a simulation-based activity relating to tension force and motion with constant acceleration. It displays a block sitting on a table, attached by string to a block hanging off the side. The string is guided over a pulley. The user can control the mass of the blocks and mass of the pulley, view data giving real-time values of speed and time, and view a changing free-body diagram through the cycle of motion. A comprehensive "Help" section provides step-by-step directions for use and detailed lessons for both beginning and intermediate instructional settings. This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

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Engineering
Technology
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/15/2008
Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics
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This 22-minute video goes behind the scenes at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to give viewers an up-close look at the physics of car crashes. Using a series of vehicle maneuvers on test tracks plus high-resolution film of vehicle crash tests, the video explores the relationship between crash forces and inertia, momentum/impulse, and more. The narrator, Griff Jones, is a high school physics teacher who makes the topics come to life in a manner easily comprehensible to teenagers. See Related Materials for a comprehensive teacher's guide with lessons and assessments developed especially to accompany the video. The full unit will extend 5-8 days, but may be easily shortened or segmented for shorter duration.

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Engineering
Technology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
04/22/2014
PER-Based Tutorials for Quantum Physics
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This series of student tutorials for quantum physics, covering topics of wave properties of light and matter, probability, and wave functions. Included with some of the tutorials are pre-tests for the topic and related homework. This material is based on the work on Intuitive Quantum Physics from the University of Maryland, and tutorials developed at the University of Washington

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Bradley S. Ambrose
Date Added:
06/06/2014
Minds-on Physics: Materials for Developing Concept-based Problem-solving Skills in Physics
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This paper describes the contents of Minds on Physics, an integrated curriculum material for high school physics developed by the Physics Education Research Group (PERG) with the University of Massachusetts and high school teachers. This curriculum is based on an action-oriented constructivist approach. There are six types of materials in the curriculum: (1) student activities; (2) student reader; (3) answers and instructional aids for teachers; (4) assessment items; (5) supplements; and (6) answer sheets. For sample activities or ordering materials from Minds on Physics visit: http://umperg.physics.umass.edu/resources/mop. Six volumes of activities have been published by Kendall/Hunt.

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Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jose P. Mestre
Robert J. Dufresne
William J. Gerace
William J. Leonard
Date Added:
09/27/2006
Modular Approach to Physics: Angular Velocity
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This web page contains an interactive simulation for introductory physics students describing different types of motion in term of angular coordinates. It consists of a moving car, a graph of angular velocity vs. time, and real-time values for areal and angular velocity. The path of the car can be a straight line, a circle, or a parabola with the angular motion given relative to a fixed point. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Ali Rezaei
Andrew Turner
Arend Meetsma
Brian Martin
David Austin
Graeme Irwin
Hans Laue
Jason Law
Jeremiah Van Oosten
Jonathan Barrett
Maija Graham
Michael Boonstra
Michelle McGrath
Qasim Syed
Date Added:
05/15/2008
LivePhoto Physics: Bouncing Tennis Ball
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This short video shows the impulsive force of a tennis ball hitting a hard surface. When viewed in stepped motion, it can also illustrate the transfer of energy between tennis ball and floor as the ball flattens out. It may be run as a simple video in grades 6-10, and also used for computer analysis in introductory physics classrooms. The video is 12 frames in length and may be viewed in step motion or real-time. Position and time data may be measured and collected by using video-analysis software. This item is part of a larger collection of short physics videos developed by the Rochester Institute of Technology Live Photo Physics Project.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Robert Teese
Date Added:
08/30/2008
Cirque du Circuit: A Unit on Electric Circuits for High School Physics
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This is a 10-day multimedia unit for grades 9-12 that explores the fundamentals of electric circuits in a web-based, interactive format. Students explore digital circuit simulators, animated tutorials, and problem-based labs where they are asked to solve real-life problems related to electricity. The web resources used in this module were all compiled from items cataloged in The Physics Front. Links are provided to background information, historical context, student reading, lesson plans, lab guides, and interactive tutorials for students needing additional help.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Alexandra Grizinski
Jonathan Toebbe
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Physics Education Technology Project
Public Broadcasting Service
Trish Loeblein
Date Added:
06/14/2011
Physics Suite Thinking Problems: Dynamics
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This is a collection of introductory physics problems on topics in forces and dynamics. The questions are designed for active learning classrooms and are built around research on student acquisition of knowledge. The problems vary in format and include context-based reasoning, multiple choice, estimation, and essay questions. The topics include general questions about Newton's laws, force diagrams, and connections between forces and motion. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/13/2008
Physics Suite Thinking Problems: Optics
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of optics developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. Topics covered include Snell's law, the speed of light, electromagnetic waves, EM radiation, EM flux, lenses, mirrors, and diffraction. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/14/2008
Modular Approach to Physics: Colliding Planets
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This simulation illustrates conservation of momentum through the collision of two masses. The user can adjust the masses of the planets and observe that they always will collide at their center of mass if they start at rest relative to each other. The momentum and forces on the masses are shown in the illustration and data collected for graphing. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Physics Suite Sample Problems: Gravitation
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of gravitation developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. The topics include Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, orbits, gravitational potential energy, and escape velocity. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/14/2008
Physics Suite Thinking Problems: Kinematics
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This is a collection of introductory physics problems on topics in kinematics. The questions are designed for active learning classrooms and are built around research on student acquisition of knowledge. The problems vary in format and include context-based reasoning, multiple choice, estimation, and essay questions. The topics include velocity and acceleration, graphs, and different representations of motion. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/13/2008
Physics Suite Sample Problems: Magnetism
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of magnetism developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. The topics include magnetic forces and fields, magnetic induction, mass spectrometers, Ampere's Law, inducing current, and Faraday's Law. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/14/2008
Modular Approach to Physics: Skaters and Blocks
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This web page contains an interactive simulation on conservation of momentum. Users may choose from two views: a pair of ice skaters pushing off from each other or a model of two blocks exerting a force on each other. The user can adjust the masses of the two objects and observe their velocities, momenta, and kinetic energies as they move away from each other. This resource was developed to enhance understanding of the law of momentum conservation. It includes, the simulation help, a detailed lesson with related problems/solutions, learning outcomes, and instructions for use. This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits
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This resource is a simulation-based activity relating to gravitational potential energy (GPE) as a function of satellite-earth distance. Users may adjust the speed and initial position of a satellite in earth's gravitational field. Visible vectors and energy bar graphs help the learner determine how to apply the law of energy conservation to predict the speed of an object moving in earth's gravitational field. Included in the "Help" section is a detailed lesson plan with suggested supplementary activities. This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/15/2008
Quantum Physics: An Introduction
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Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, wave/particle duality, Planck's Constant, de Broglie wavelength, and how Newton's Laws go right out the window on a quantum level.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Melissa Franklin: High Energy Physics
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This video segment adapted from Discovering Women profiles Fermilab physicist and Harvard professor Melissa Franklin.

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Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Modular Approach to Physics: Planetary Motion 1
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This applet simulates the motion of a single planet around a star. The user can alter the eccentricity and semi-major axis of the orbit, and the velocity of the star relative to a fixed background. The applet can show the acceleration of the planet, and its velocity relative to a stationary observer, or relative to the star. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Physics Suite Thinking Problems: General and Mathematics
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This is a collection of introductory physics problems illustrating some general mathematical tools necessary for the course. The questions are designed for active learning classrooms and are built around research on student acquisition of knowledge. The problems vary in format and include context-based reasoning, multiple choice, estimation, and essay questions. The topics include scaling, dimensional analysis, and estimation. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/13/2008
Modular Approach to Physics: Static and Kinetic Friction
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This web page contains an interactive simulation of static and kinetic friction on an object resting on a horizontal surface. The user can control the block's initial velocity, the force applied to it, its mass, and the coefficients of static and kinetic friction. The object's motion, a free body diagram, and the energies in the problem can be displayed. This item includes step-by-step instructions for its use in a class. This resource is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Cornell Physics 201: Information Literacy Worksheets
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These worksheets provide student exercises in finding and evaluating web resources for physics classes. The activities include web searches on particular topics or questions that arise in class and careful evaluation of web resources identified by the instructors. Students are encouraged to consider issues such as the author, hosting organization, time of updates, and functionality of the web site. General questions about information reliability on the web are provided in the final assignment. An assignment on plagiarism is also included. These materials were developed for a class in Mechanics, but could easily be modified for any topic.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Richard Wheeler
Date Added:
04/13/2010
Physics Suite Sample Problems: Circular and Rotational Motion
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of circular and rotational motion developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. Topics covered include rotational energy, torque, angular momentum, and rotational kinematics. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/14/2008
Minds-on Physics: Materials for Developing Concept-based Problem-solving Skills in Physics
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This website describes the contents of Minds on Physics, an integrated curriculum material for high school physics developed by the Physics Education Research Group (PERG) with the University of Massachusetts and high school teachers. The website includes free sample activities on the topics of motion, interactions, conservation laws & concept-based problem solving, fundamental forces & fields and advanced topics in mechanics. Sample activities are available for download in PDF format.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Dufresne, Robert
Gerace, William J.
Leonard, William
Mestre, Jose
Date Added:
10/25/2010
LivePhoto Physics: Wave Pulse Propagation on a Slinky Spring
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This page contains a set of three short video clips of wave pulses on a slinky spring. One shows a single pulse reflected from a fixed end, the second shows two pulses passing over each other, and the third is a longitudinal pulse. LivePhoto Physics uses high-speed DV format videography in which action may be stepped frame-by-frame, thus enabling easy use of video analysis software. The videos are 10-30 frames in length and may be viewed in step motion or real-time. Position and time data may be measured and collected by using video-analysis tools. See related items on this page for a link to download free Tracker video analysis software. Tracker allows students to not only analyze the video in slow-motion, but also to overlay the videos with dynamical models to see how well the model matches the real world. This video is part of a larger collection of short physics videos developed by the Rochester Institute of Technology Live Photo Physics Project.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Robert Teese
Date Added:
03/05/2009
Physics Suite Peer Instruction Problems: Gravity
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This website contains a series of peer instruction problems on the topic of gravity, designed to be solved in a classroom setting. The problems are presented with a qualitative (usually multiple choice) question that is carefully constructed to engage student difficulties with fundamental concepts. Students consider the problem individually and contribute their answers using personal response systems (clickers). Students then confer with their cooperative groups and vote again on the correct response. Topics covered include orbits, Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, and circular motion. This is part of the Physics Suite collection, containing sample problems, peer instruction problems, and alternative homework sets.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/15/2008
Paradigms in Physics: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics Activities
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This web page provides a list of learning activities for Junior level Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Among the topics included are entropy, Maxwell equations, PV and TS diagrams, and Legendre transforms. This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Corinne A. Manogue
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
06/07/2014