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The Physics Education Technology (PhET) site offers interactive simulations of physical phenomena. More than 80 simulations let students experiment with circuits, string tension, kinetic and potential energy, radio waves and electromagnetic fields, balloons and static electricity, ideal gas and buoyancy, velocity and acceleration, sound waves and the Doppler Effect, and more. These simulations from the University of Colorado may be used online or downloaded, and each one is accompanied by sample learning goals and teaching tips. You can even install the entire Web site on your own computer so you don't need to be online to use the simulations. If you’re a middle school or high school student or teacher interested in physics or physical science, don’t miss this site!

At Science101 you have a portal to may, many physics sites.

Physics Theory and Application for High School Lectures Topics cover everything in High School Physics from Motion, Force, and Energy, to Waves, Thermodynamics, and Electricity.

The American Physical Society represents some 48,000 physicists, and most of our work centers on scientific meetings and publications-the primary ways that physicists communicate with each other. With PhysicsCentral, we communicate the excitement and importance of physics to everyone. We invite you to visit our site every week to find out how physics is part of your world. We'll answer your questions on how things work and keep you informed with daily updates on physics in the news. We'll describe the latest research and the people who are doing it and, if you want more, where to go on the web. So stick with us. It's a big, interesting world out there, and we look forward to showing you around.

The ASPIRE Web site from the University of Utah features online simulations and lessons on topics such as waves, force and motion, kinetic energy, and more. (ASPIRE stands for Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education.)

Physclips introduces mechanics through video clips and animations. This extensive site from a physics professor in Australia covers acceleration, circular motion, Newton's laws, energy and power, momentum, gravity, and more.

The Physics Classroom is an online tutorial written for high school physics students by a teacher in Illinois. This well-organized site includes a tutorial in physics concepts and a multimedia lab with many animations of physics concepts.

Physlets is an extensive collection of animations of physics concepts from Davidson University and Lawrence Technological University. Concepts include kinematics, frictional force, momentum, torques, gravity, optics, electrostatics, circuits, waves, and more. These JAVA applets can be used online or installed on your computer.

This collection of Physics Animations is from the University of Toronto. Topics include chaos, classical mechanics, fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics, optics, relativity, vectors, waves, and more. These animations are also available in Spanish.

The Museum of Models: Physics provides more than 40 online interactives that demonstrate concepts in mechanics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics. Watch simulations of a pendulum, suspension bridge, charged particle in a magnetic chamber, hourglass, Archimedes' Principle of Buoyancy, electrical fields, gears, light-matter interactions, Newton's Cradle, pulleys, springs, water flow when a dam collapses, and more. This site is from the Concord Consortium and the National Science Foundation.

Learn how to build your own cosmic ray detector, make a nucleus out of marshmallows, or ask a nuclear scientist a question on The ABC's of Nuclear Science site, provided by the Nuclear Science division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Teachers can print or order the Nuclear Physics Wall Chart that covers topics such as radioactivity, nuclear energy, stellar energy, the Big Bang, and more.

Inquiring Minds from the US Department of Energy's Fermilab describes the science of matter, space, and time, and provides information about particle physics. A short video and a timeline illustrating the history of high-energy physics are interesting features.

The Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory features interactive modules on matter, electricity and magnetism, energy, and fusion.

Learning about Properties of Vectors and Vector Sums Using Dynamic Software uses dynamic geometrical representation to help students develop an understanding of vectors and their properties. Students manipulate vectors to control the movement of a car or a plane in these two interactives from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations site.

Teachers' Domain has a large collection of physics and physical science video clips and lesson plans. Create a free account, search by grade level and topic, and save clips to your own folders. An example:

Virtual Car: Velocity and Acceleration from Teachers' Domain demonstrates how vectors are used to represent velocity (speed and direction) and acceleration. In the activity, vectors change in real time as you "drive" a car on a flat plane; as you change speed and direction, vectors originating from the car respond to your actions. A graph depicting speed vs. time also responds to your actions, displaying both the speed and acceleration of the car.

Galileo's Experiments from NOVA animates the concepts of falling objects, projectiles, inclined planes, and pendulums.

E = mc 2 Explained: Listen to 10 top physicists explain Einstein's theory of relativity in these video clips from the NOVA program Einstein's Big Idea. These videos are also available for free download from iTunes.

Moving Targets from NOVA demonstrates how astronomers use the Doppler Effect to determine stellar velocities.

Sodaconstructor is a construction kit for interactive creations using masses and springs. Students can use Sodaconstructor to help them learn about the physics behind buildings and machines. By altering physical properties like gravity, friction, spring stiffness and speed, theories can be tested and models can be made to walk, climb, fall or collapse. Additional tools are available at the Sodaplay site, and some lesson plans are available at

Mr. Trask's Physics Site click on the heading at the top to see videos and notes about the particular topic.

Famous Physicists

Phakebook for Physics Template Project


1. Go here:

4. Once it opens, create a copy.

Click on the Title (Copy of Phakebook for Physics Template).

Change it to (Your Name, Your Physicist's Name Phakebook).

4b. In the upper right hand corner of the Presentation page Click SHARE.

Click Specific People. Save.

Enter your teacher's email address.

It's actually a presentation, not a webpage, with 4 Slides:

1. Wall/Homepage;

2. Info Page;

3. Photos Page;

4. Videos page.

5. Research your Physicist (Check out the Resources listed below)

6. Requirements for the Phasebook:

1. Wall/Homepage

1. Picture/Image of your famous physicist to use as profile photo.

2. Pictures/Images of 4 other people involved in the life of your Physicist

3. Date of Birth of your Physicist.

4. Hometown/Place of Birth for your Physicist.

5. Network - places where they lived.

6. Religion.

7. A total of 6 or more posts on their "wall" which relate to their discoveries, accomplishments or research.

Some of the posts should be made by your Physicist, some by other people to your Physicist.

2. Info Page

1. Sex of your Physicist.

2. Relationship status.

3. Interests - list at least 3 things.

4. Activities - List some of his/her accomplishments.

5. Favourite Movies, TV shows, Music, Books must be date/era appropriate.

3. Photos Page

1. At least 5 pictures/Images related to your Physicist and his/her life/research.

4. Videos page

1. 3 videos related to your Physicist or his/her discoveries.

List of Physicists

Galileo Galilei

Robert Hooke

Isaac Newton

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

Andre-Marie Ampere

Georg Ohm

Christian Huygens

Benjamin Franklin

James Watt

Michael Faraday

Lord William Thomson Kelvin

Lord Ernest Rutherford

John Dalton

Blaise Pascal

Heinrich Hertz

Nicola Tesla

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Christian Doppler

James Prescott Joule

Nobel Laureates

Albert Einstein

Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen

Antoine Henri Becquerel

Johannes Diderick

Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman

Carl David Anderson

Dennis Gabour

Pierre Curie

Marie Curie

Laord Rayleigh

Max Planck

Neils Bohr

James Chadwick

Wolfgang Pauli


Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Username: pcslibrary2

The password is the usual one.

Online Resources

Perimeter Institute for for Theoretical Physics

Slide show of Famous Physicists: If Physicists Had a Logo

Famous Physicists (University of Kent)

Famous Physicists (Physics Handbook)

Wolfram Science World List of Physicists' Bios

BBC Physicists

20th Century Women Physicists

Nobel Prize in Physics Winners

Atomic Archive

Niels Bohn Library Oral History Transcripts Online

Physics Biography Resources

In Our Library

190 GRE Great thinkers of the Western world

503 STR Hawking and black holes

509 HEL The timetables of science

509.22 TIN 100 scientists who changed the world

509.24 TIN Isaac Newton : the true story of his life

520.92 HIT Galileo Galilei

520.92 MAC Galileo Galilei : first physicist

530 BER Albert Einstein and the frontiers of physics

530 CHR Isaac Newton and the scientific revolution

530.092 ACZ Pendulum : Léon Foucault

530.092 ALB Albert Einstein

530.092 GRI Annus mirabilis : 1905, Albert Einstein

530.092 HEN Stephen Hawking

530.092 McE Introducing Stephen Hawking

530.092 ROB Einstein : a hundred years of relativity

530.092 Michael Faraday : physics and faith

530.092 STR Newton and gravity

530.092 SWI Albert Einstein

530.092 WIS Albert Einstein

530.92 HIT Sir Isaac Newton

539.7 COO Enrico Fermi

621.48 BAR Lise Meitner : discoverer of nuclear fission

REF 500 WOR World of scientific discovery

REF 503 WO The World Book encyclopedia of science.

REF 509.2 SCI World Book's biographical encyclopedia of scientists.

REF 530 PHY Physicists