Physics Gateways and Resources

The Physics Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of physics-related web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources in many areas of the discipline, including electromagnetism, classical mechanics, optics, oscillations and waves, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and other areas. Here may be found materials for physics educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at physics research communities.

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American Physical Society: Careers in Physics
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This page features information for students who wish to pursue careers in physics. Topics include academic preparation for middle school, undergraduate, and graduate/postdoctoral students, biographies of physicists working in various specialties, and articles profiling physicists working in industry.

Subject:
Physics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/06/2014
The American Physical Society: Students and Educator's Page
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Web site of the American Physical Society including links to APS publications and educational activities. Physics challenges our imaginations and leads to great discoveries that change our lives. Let APS help you study, teach, and enjoy physics!

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Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Animation Physics
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Animation Physics is a site with resources, such as tutorials, for animation artists. The goal is to present basic physics that's useful to and in the language understood by these artists.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
NSDL Staff
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Alejandro Garcia
DeAnza College
National Science Foundation
San Jose State University
Date Added:
02/13/2009
Conservation of Momentum Virtual Lab
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Read the Fine Print
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This virtual lab helps students explore the conservation of momentum. Simulated electronic balances, photogate timers, and rulers are designed to preserve as much of the traditional lab's educational experience as possible. Printable lab guides are included for the basic conservation of momentum lab, as well as elastic vs. inelastic collisions and the coefficient of restitution.

Subject:
Education
Physics
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Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/03/2014
The Expert System for Thermodynamics - T.E.S.T.
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This web site provides users with visual tools for learning topics taught in a typical engineering thermodynamics class. Animations, interactive simulations, practical problems with online solutions, and illustrated explanations are easily linked from the task bar. Registered users may engage in a discussion forum and download a license to customize the materials for different audiences. Educators at accredited universities are able to obtain a free academic license for use in the classroom.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
NSDL Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Bhattacharjee, Subrata
Subrata Bhattacharjee
Date Added:
05/17/2007
Free online physics books
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Freebookcentre.net's physics section contains links to many technical books offered free online, either as html pages or downloadable pdfs. Books are arranged by subject: Basic, Theoretical, Atomic, Particle, Quantum, and Nuclear Physics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, and more.

Subject:
Physics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/06/2013
Geiger-Mueller Tube Virtual Lab
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This virtual lab simulates the traditional GM tube labs, complete with background radiation. In one lab, students can explore how different barriers affect alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, then apply their knowledge to identify an unknown source. In the other, students measure the half-life of a simulated Ba-137m source. Printable lab guides are included for both activities.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/03/2014
Light and Matter (CA Textbook)
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Remix and Share
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Light and Matter is a six-volume series of introductory physics textbooks.

This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Calculus
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Textbook
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Benjamin Crowell
NSDL Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Crowell, Benjamin
Dr. Benjamin Crowell
Date Added:
01/15/2007
Mechanical Equivalent of Heat Virtual Lab
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This virtual lab simulates the lab in which students repeatedly drop metal shot through a cardboard tube, but without the inaccuracies that often plague the traditional lab. Students first verify the principle of the mechanical equivalence of heat, then use it to calculate the specific heat of different metals. A printable lab guide is included.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/03/2014
Molecular Expressions: Resistance
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This page is a comprehensive tutorial on resistance, accompanied by three interactive simulations. One allows the user to glimpse resistance at a molecular level; the second explores Ohm's Law; and the third introduces the use of color coding in composition resistors. The author uses diagrams to illustrate arrangements of resistors in series and parallel circuits, with explanations of how to calculate equivalent resistances. This item is part of a larger collection on Electricity and Magnetism sponsored by Florida State University.

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
ComPADRE
Davidson, Michael W.
Michael Davidson
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
06/12/2007
The Monkey and the Hunter Virtual Lab
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This virtual lab helps students see that the vertical displacement of falling objects is not affected by their horizontal motion. Students can adjust the horizontal and vertical position as well as the muzzle velocity of the rifle, and they can freeze the animation at any point to measure displacements with an on-screen ruler. A printable activity guide is included.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/03/2014
Motion Graphs Virtual Lab
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The Motion Graphs virtual lab helps physics students learn the essential features of position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs. Students are provided sample graphs, and they try to move the on-screen caterpillar in order to make the caterpillar's motion match the sample graph. A printable activity guide is included.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
04/03/2014
Nori's Java Applets: Physics Simulations
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This collection of Java applets lets students run interactive simulations of a variety of physics topics: docking with a space station, conservation of mechanical energy, planetary motion, the structure of an atom, and many others.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
12/16/2003
Optical Microscopy Primer
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This tutorial provides an introduction to optical microscopy and imaging. Topics include the physics of light and color, the anatomy of optical microscopes, and film and digital techniques for capturing microscopic images. There is also information on more advanced optical techniques, information on specific microscopes, and an online museum of ancient to modern instruments. Many of these pages feature embedded interactive Java and Flash tutorials designed to provide comprehensive examples of the phenomenon under study. Other materials include image galleries, links to books and articles, online resources, and a bibliography of reference materials used in creating the tutorial.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Michael W. Davidson
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Optics for Kids: The Science and Engineering Behind It
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This site provides an introduction to optics, the science of light, for younger students. Topics include what light is and how it travels; what lenses are and how they work; and what lasers are and what they can do. There is also information on careers in science and engineering. Site materials include interactive features, a downloadable word search, and links to online resources and books.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
08/11/2004
Photonics Wiki
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The Photonics Wiki is large collection of articles, images and media assembled by the NSF Center for Material and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR). It covers core concepts in photonics, non-linear optics and devices as well as other professional development resources for undergraduate and graduate level.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Physics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Center for Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Physical Review Focus
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This online digest provides selections from the American Physical Society (APS) journals "Physical Review" and "Physical Review Letters." These articles, explained for students and researchers in all fields of physics, are suitable for college-level or advanced high-school students. The home page features links to the latest articles; back issues are archived by year and volume. There is also information on how to access RSS feeds of articles, news items that describe research from APS journals, and links to the web sites of all APS journals.

Subject:
Physics
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Physics Applets
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Multimedia instructional tools for the physical sciences are rather in vogue these days, and a number of universities and colleges have developed creative resources in this area. One such set of resources happens to be the Physics Applets collection, created by staff members at the University of Oregon's physics department. The interactive applets are divided into four sections, including mechanics, thermodynamics, astrophysics, and energy & environment. In total, there are over thirty different applets, and they include those that illustrate the concepts of potential energy, Kepler's Third Law, and atomic emission. The site also includes a listing of credits, a help section, and information about this initiative.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Internet Scout Project
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Bothun, Greg.
Gregory Bothun
Hulse, Amy.
Russell, Sean.
Date Added:
12/22/2003