Let's get PHYSICSal !

You'll probably say "Is this the best he could come up with?"   Of course not!  Consider it a "work in progress" from a "real piece of work"!

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ABC's of Nuclear Science from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


they'll "bombard" you with lots of goodies...

American Institute of Physics



American Association of Physics Teachers



American Physical Society



Brock University Physics Department


Mainly department-oriented, but there are useful links. And I just HAD to grab that picture!

The Chronology of Physics by George W Goth at Skyline College, San Bruno, CA


a 5000-year timeline

Dave Slaven's Physics Shack at Morningside College, Sioux City, IA


with links to Dave's great educational pages on entropy, relativity, uncertainty, microcosmos, and the atom.

Eric Weisstein's World of Physics


an encyclopedic approach, in development, lots of references

Fear of Physics


illustrated subject pages, some videos, homework help, dictionary

Special Relativity Theory Made Intuitive
 by Sylvain Poirier at the University of La Réunion



"It aims to explain explicitly in details how the conceptual meaning of Special Relativity theory can be powerfully extracted from our usual intuition of Euclidean geometry, with little calculation but nevertheless a real and efficient understanding to facilitate then the learning of further relativistic theoretical physics.
It is particularly addressed to those who, instead of seeking to just handle relativistic properties by getting used to them in a computational way and then wait until they get really familiar, to finally grasp its meaning and go further, want to make the effort necessary to really understand them more quickly and deeply like theorician physicists do, according with the mathematical terms in which this theory really appears as soon as one goes a little further in mathematical physics."

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics


the "ultimate authority" on definitions of physical units

Animated NASA logo in which the orbit element circles the word NASA. On subsidiary pages, clicking on this graphic returns you to the NASA Home page, http://www.nasa.gov.

NASA    National Aeronautics and Space Administration



NIST Physics Lab: Physical Reference Data



NIST Physics Lab Home Page



NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty


Search that value!


NOAA    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



Office of Radiation Safety Web Site at UC Berkeley


unlike Berkeley's main EH&S site, this one is fully open and accessible in keeping with the principle that safety knowledge should be shared freely. Covers both ionizing radiation and nonionizing radiation, including laser, safety. I met Dewey Sprague, UCB's Laser Safety Officer, at the recent CCEHSA conference and was totally impressed with his presentation, his dedication, and his wide scope of safety and organizational expertise.

Modeling Instruction in High School Physics at Arizona State University


"The Modeling Method of High School Physics Instruction has been under development at Arizona State University for more than a decade under the leadership of David Hestenes, Professor of Physics. The program cultivates physics teachers as school experts on the use of technology in science teaching, thereby providing schools and school districts with a valuable resource for broader reform. Although infusion of technology into the classroom is a key component of this program, it is secondary to pedagogical reform. The project goals are fully aligned with the National Science Education Standards. The Modeling Method corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike the traditional approach, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, the Modeling Method organizes the course around a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent."

Modern Physics Laboratory Manual by Jeff Dunham at Middlebury College, VT


check it out! 


HC+RS "Home Labor Page" von Harald Chmela und Richard Smetana


Nur auf deutsch bestellt, aber hier findet man ausgezeichneten und  nützliche Informationen für interessante Versuche und unkonventionelle elektrikalische Experimente mit  theoretischen Erklärungen. Seriously, folks, these "two guys from Stockerau [Austria]" have put together a really fine -- and colorful -- site with pictures,  videos, and explanations of physics demos and lots more. Even if your German is rustier than mine, you'll find this site is worth scoping out!

MERLOT homepage Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

http://taste.merlot.org/  the "tasting room"

http://www.merlot.org/Home.po   the home page

http://chemistry.merlot.org/Home.po   the chemistry section

BrowseArtifacts.po-catcode=97&browsecat=1 cool chem stuff

A free and open resource for faculty and students in higher education, MERLOT is the product of a consortium of (mostly) public institutions of higher education [including CCC's and CSU] with divisions devoted to biology, business, chemistry, engineering, health science, history, information technology, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, and teacher education.

PSRC Physical Sciences Resource Center


lots of goodies here including links to physics demos


Online Physics Demo Room at North Carolina State U


with their Top 50 demos and lots of other goodies!

Physics Lecture Demonstration Office at U Texas, Austin


Very brief procedure descriptions with photos and/or diagrams of a very large and well-organized selection of physics demos. Lots of links to similar sites at other schools.

Physics Documents by John S. Denker


written mainly to answer questions that came up on PHYS-L, the Forum for Physics Educators.
there's much information here of great use to chemistry educators too

Physics Fact Book by Glenn Elert


a useful hypertext

HyperPhysics by Carl R. (Rod) Nave at Georgia State University


An exploration of physics concepts laid out in several hundred small "cards" interconnected by thousands of links. There's also a link to HyperMath.

Physics Java Applets from the University of Oregon


astrophysics [spectroscopy, orbital mechanics, cosmology], energy & environment, mechanics, thermodynamics, and tools

Physlets® homepage by Wolfgang Christian at Davidson College


small flexible Java applets designed for science education.
Contains tutorials, download instructions, and example problems to help you use Physlets in your teaching.

Math, Engineering, and Physics Applets by Paul Falstad


waves, acoustics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, links

Physics First by Olga Livanis at Columbia University Teachers' College and Stuyvesant HS, New York City


has useful links. Apparently devoted to promoting the introduction of physics into the high school curriculum before biology and chemistry. Or, in the jargon of eduspeak, PBC (or PCB) rather than the traditional BCP.

Physics Tutorials from the University of Guelph, Ontario


for math and physics

Physics 2000 at the University of Colorado at Boulder

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl?Type=TOC http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/cover.html

lots of good stuff here, both theoretical and applied [or is that appleted?]

LaserStars Plasma Laser Physics site by John Talbot at U Ottawa


lots of goodies for the astrophysics set and useful spectroscopy info and links

The Physics Century by Patty Mason at Delphi HS, IN


Patti is a frequent and valued contributor to the Chemed-L listserv

PIRA 200 Demo List from the Physics Instructional Resource Association
hosted at Wake Forest University


illustrated setups for 200 demos in mechanics, fluid mechanics, oscillations and waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, modern physics, and astronomy





The Particle Adventure by the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


an interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, and much more. And as you can see, it's available in Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovene!

Second Law of Thermodynamics by Frank L. Lambert, Professor Emeritus, Occidental College

http://www.secondlaw.com/  and its offspring sites

http://www.2ndlaw.com/   and


these sites are intended to correct the common misconceptions about the precise meaning of the word "entropy" and do this by explaining clearly what it is and is not. You'll gain a new appreciation of entropy itself and the role of activation energy in everything important to us.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Virtual Visitor Center


it's particle heaven!

Study Tips for Introductory Physics Students by Dan Styer at Oberlin College


Solving Problems in Physics by Dan Styer at Oberlin College


excellent "survival guides"

How to Study Physics by  at the University of Texas


another excellent survival guide -- prints out at 15 pages

Fermilab Physical Science Data page


where students can investigate special relativity and quarks using actual experimental data from Fermilab.

Complex Systems and Soft Materials from Norway


"The Complex Systems and Soft Materials Program is a collaborative effort between three research groups in Norway: The Complex Systems and Soft Materials Group at the University of Oslo, the Complex Systems and Soft Materials Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and the Physics Department at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)."
Lots of good stuff on complex fluids, granular materials, fracture, clays and ceramics, aerogels, and more.

Usenet Physics FAQ edited by Don Koks at the Defence, Science and Technology Organisation, Adelaide


with answers to FAQ in general physics, particle and nuclearphysics, quantum physics, relativity and cosmology, and links to other similar sites

The Web Science Project at IUPUI Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis


Physics archive


all sorts of goodies including "What is Physics Good For?" and week-by-week course notes, ancillary material, and exercises. Also has sections on biology, chemistry, and math.

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Last update  3 / 10 / 06