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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.

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Physics
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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11/06/2014
Conservation of Momentum Virtual Lab
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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.

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Physics
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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04/03/2014
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.

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Physics
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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.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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04/03/2014
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.

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Physics
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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04/03/2014
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.

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Physics
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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.

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Mathematics
Physics
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NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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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.

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Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
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Interactive
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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12/16/2003
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.

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Engineering
Physics
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NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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08/11/2004
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.

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Physics
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Reading
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NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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11/06/2014
Portuguese-Language Physics Games
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This site contains Portuguese-language physics games to teach high school-level students concepts like astronomy, electricity, mechanics, thermodynamics, and optics.

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Education
Physics
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Physics Gateways and Resources
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Sistema de Ensino CNEC
Date Added:
10/03/2013
XAFS.org
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X-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) is a spectroscopic technique that uses x-rays to probe the physical and chemical structure of matter at an atomic scale. XAFS.org is a community website (a wiki), editable by its users. Site materials include news articles, tutorials and overviews, and information on workshops, short courses, and XAFS-related conferences. There are also links to software downloads and documentation, information related to experiments and measurements of XAFS and related techniques, and discussions of field-specific applications. Other materials include theory and analysis of XAFS, techniques related to XAFS, and links to community groups and other organizations with related information.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Reading
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NSDL Staff
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Physics Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/06/2014