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Last updated and all links checked February 25, 2001.
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Large collections of information on all aspects of electronics, components, and circuits.
- Electrostatics Demonstrations
A set of demonstrations showing the clear relevance of electrostatics to manufacturing and commercial operations, reinforcing the relationship between basic principles and practical situations. A set of new interactive pages have been developed as a supplement to some of the demonstrations.
- Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT)
Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is a teaching and learning strategy combining frequent Web-based preparatory assignments with classroom activities that promote active learning. The instructor incorporates the questions from the Web assignments into class, setting the level of discussion based on students' responses; this makes classroom activities both more efficient and more closely tuned to students' needs. Completing these preparatory assignments several times each week encourages students to keep up with the material by studying throughout the week.
- Introduction to Optical Microscopy and Photomicrography
Light and Color; Anatomy of the Microscope; Specialized Microscopy Techniques; Photomicrography; Virtual Microscopy; Java and Flash Tutorial Basics; Museum of Microscopy; Innovations in Light Microscopy.
- Virtual Microscopy
Interactive Java-powered virtual microscopes: Scanning Electron Microscopy; Translational Microscopy; Magnifying Microscopy; Microscopy of Silicon Artwork; Phase Contrast Microscopy; Stereoscopic Zoom Microscopy; Reflected Light Confocal Microscopy; Integrated Circuit Inspection Microscopy; Polarized Light Microscopy; Polarized Light Microscopy with a Retardation Plate; Microscopy of the Silicon Zoo; Hoffman Modulation Contrast Microscopy; Rheinberg Illumination (Optical Staining) Microscopy ; Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy (DIC); Depth-of-Focus in Thick Samples; Fluorescence Microscopy with Multiple Fluorochromes ; Fluorescence Combination Microscopy.
- Electricity, magnetismm and NMR interactive Java tutorials
Atomic Orbitals; Factors Affecting Capacitance; Charging And Discharging A Capacitor;
How A Compact Disc Works; Magnetic Fields and Compass Orientation;
Crookes Tube: Cathode Rays; How A Metal Detector Works; Vacuum Tube Diodes;
Electrophoresis; Faraday's Electromagnetic Induction; Resistance at the Molecular Level;
AC and DC Generator Action; How A Hard Drive Works; Lenz's Law; Lightning;
Magnetic Field Lines; Attraction and Repulsion By Magnet Poles; Condenser Microphone;
NMR: The AB Spectrum, The ABX Spectrum, Dipolar Powder Patterns,
Spin Populations, Lorentzian Lineshapes, and Quadrupolar Powder Pattern; Structure Determination Using NMR; Ohm's Law; Pulsed Magnets; Tuning A Radio Receiver; Resistor Color Codes; The Rutherford Experiment; Creating A Silicon Seascape; Creating A Silicon Yin Yang; How A Speaker Works; RC Time Constant; How a Transformer Works; Building A Transistor; Variable Capacitor.
- Electronics Tutorials
Large collection of illustrated tutorials on various subjects related to electronics and circuit design.
- Electricity Online
Lessons on electrostatics, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetism. Applications, history, and activities. A ThinkQuest project.
- Theater of Electricity
History and construction of the Van de Graaff Generator, sparks, lightning, Tesla coils.
- Computer animations of physical processes
Set of AVI videos and animated GIFs of waves, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, with
theoretical explanations. Also available on CD-ROM.
- Seat Activities
Short, concrete, just-in-time phenomenological activities carried out in the seats of a large lecture theatre at pedagogically appropriate moments in regular physics lectures.
Activities are between five and twenty minutes in duration and all involve cooperative work in groups of 2 - 6 students.
Written qualitative and quantitative questions must be discussed and answered by the group and turned in on a single sheet of paper. Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics.
- A New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics
A set of resources for instructors of introductory quantum mechanics and modern physics. Both information on understanding how students learn the physics and materials for use in the classroom are included.
- Lab manual for Physics
Excellent 142-page illustrated lab manual for college physics, in PDF format. Mechanics, conservation laws, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics.
- Light and Matter
A series of downloadable introductory physics textbooks for a one-year college physics course at either the algebra-based or the calculus-based level. Applications of calculus are treated in optional sections at the end of certain chapters.
- Socratic Dialog-Inducing (SDI) Labs
"Guided construction" labs featuring hands-and-heads-on experiments in introductory mechanics. Their effectiveness in promoting student crossover to the the Newtonian World has been demonstrated by rigorous pre-post testing.
- Open Physics Education
A group of physics teachers who are interested in applying free information to education.
Web page and an email list (http://www.topica.com/lists/openphys).
- Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS)
Motivating Students is accomplished with the high interest laboratory activities which relate physics to student experiences. These experiences use easily obtainable, inexpensive materials such as Hot Wheels, toy projectiles, model sailboats, bicycles, skate boards, etc.
Over 130 activities in the form of student instructions and teacher notes with background information on the activities. Exploratory activities, concept development and application activities to stimulate problem-solving skills and the understanding of major physics concepts.
- Dynamic mechanical construction set
SodaConstructor is an interactive Web site that allows student to build
and operate stick-figure mechanisms consisting of masses, springs, and "muscles"
that expand and contract. Students can change gravity, spring stiffness, and friction.
Lots of fun. Useful for reinforcing concepts of structure, stability, friction, gravity, force, frequency and phase. Requires Web browser with Java.
- CASTLE high school electricity curriculum
CASTLE is a high school electricity curriculum that leads students step by step from initial naive ideas to an increasingly expert understanding of electrical phenomena. A sequence of compelling, self-guided experiments uses large capacitors and transient bulb lighting to help students confront their misconceptions, grasp the physics of current propulsion and build intuitive explanatory models.
- Interactive microscopic model of a gas
This interactive Web site shows that the molecules in a gas are moving
constantly and colliding with the walls of its container. One wall
of the container is a movable piston which is free to move up and down.
Students can experiment with this model by pressing down on the piston
(placing more weight on the piston, adding or removing gas
molecules, or changing the temperature (velocity of the molecules). Helps students
understand that gas pressure is simply the result of collisions of gas
molecules with the walls of the container. Plot
pressure against volume to observe the inverse relationship (Boyle's Law).
- Physics Lessons and Tutorials from the Physics Zone
Projectile motion; circular motion; torque, work and energy; momentum;
electricity and magnetism; waves, light, and sound; modern physics, nuclear physics.
- Modules from Sciences Education Foundation
Creative, inexpensive, hands-on/minds-on ideas that illustrate electrical properties of materials and circuits; Seeing the Light: The Physics and Materials Science of the Incandescent Light Bulb; Fusion, Energy of the Stars; Color science; Portrait of an atom.
- Stephen Hawking's Universe
TV Schedule/Programs; Strange Stuff Explained;
Cosmological Stars; Unsolved Mysteries; Things To Do In the Dark;
Free Teacher's Guide.
- When Dragons eat the Sun
A technology-enhanced lesson on the stars, planets, moon, sun, and solar eclipses as seen from
Earth. Suitable for middle or high school. Uses the shareware planetarium simulator program CyberSky
as well as several Web sites. Print out and duplicate the Student Worksheet for your
students to record their observations and answers.
- Explore the Solar System
This is an online, interactive model of the solar
system. You can see where the planets are in
relation to one another at any given moment.
- Lunar Anomalities Home Page
Interesting site dealing with supposed artifical structures on the moon that suggest
prior habitation. Lots of stong position-taking based on limited photographic evidence.
- Phil Plait's "Bad Astronomy" website
The Bad Astronomy web pages are devoted to airing out myths and misconceptions in astronomy and related topics. You will also find Bitesized Astronomy, a weekly-updated essay, short and sweet, that describes some simple-to-understand aspect of the real oldest profession.
- NASA Watch site
Independent reporting of NASA activities and missions from news sources
around the world.
- The NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty
Values of the constants and related information;
Searchable bibliography on the constants; In-depth information on the SI, the modern metric system; Guidelines for the expression of uncertainty in measurement.
- MegaConverter 2
A working units-conversion calculator that converts:
Angles, Area, Area Foreign, Astro Distance, Density,
Energy, Finance Interest, Force, Fractions-Decimal, Heat Index, Kitchen
Measures, Length, Length Ancient, Length Foreign, Mass, Metric Prefixes,
Nails (hdw), Numbers (exp), Numbers (dec-hex-bin), Payment Predictor,
Power, Pressure, Resistor Colorcode, Roman Numerals, Shot Count, Speed,
Temperature, Time Calculations, Time Conversions, Torque Conversions,
Typography, Viscosity, Volume, Volume Ancient, Volume Foreign, Weight,
Weight Ancient, Weight Foreign, Weight in Space, Wind Chill, Wine &
Spirits, Wire Density, Wire Resistance.
- Relationships of the SI derived units with special names and symbols and the SI base units
These are attractive diagrams which outline the 7 SI base units and how
they relate to the multitude of derived units. I consider one of these
NIST diagrams a required inclusion in my students' physics notebooks.
The first URL takes you to their HTML version of the diagram. The
second URL offers 3 Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) versions for printing as
handouts or for bulletin boards. These are great diagrams and a good
way to introduce students to NIST and BIPM.
- The Constellations and their Stars
Constellations (alphabetical and by month);
Stars (alphabetical and by bright star catalog number);
Milky Way Photos;
Interactive Sky Charts;
The 26 brightest stars;
The 26 nearest stars.
- Satellite Passes Over North American Cities
This web page allows users to determine when certain selected spacecraft will be in range for visual observations or for radio communications. Data are presently provided in tabular form for cities in the United States and Canada, and for nine different satellites: the current or upcoming Space Shuttle Mission, the Russian Space Station Mir, the International Space Station (ISS), the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), the Ocean Remote Sensing Satellite Seasat, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM).
- Interactive Physics
Physics modeling and simulation software. Create models by drawing onscreen with a powerful and easy-to-use graphic interface. Add objects like springs, dampers, ropes, and joints. Measure attributes of your objects like velocity, acceleration, momentum, and energy. You can also display these measurements as numbers, graphs, or animated vector displays. Then interact with your model in real time by changing parameters as the simulation runs.
Free demo CD-ROM mailed to teachers.
- Physics Pavilion
A series of illustrated newsletters with physics teaching ideas. From Virginia's Public Education Network.
- Internet-based virtual lock-in amplifier
Detailed Java-based simulatrion of a lock-in amplifier (a signal-to-noise enhancement instrument widely used in physics). Consists of five applets, each one covering a special aspect of the working principles, and applications, of the instrument. Advisably, you should begin with Part One : Noise Reduction and Phase Sensitive Detection, where you can explore the essential basic properties of the Lock-In in a rather "phenomenological" way. If you like to, you can go into more details and do quantitative measurements by following the "Experiments and Exercises" page.
- Physics and Astronomy Java Applets and programs
Astrophysics, cosmology, sun-earth-moon system, chaos, physiocs quiz, etc. From Germany.
- Exploring Electric Fields
Place point electric charges and visualize the effect of the electric field they create!
- Astronomy and planetary science
Convection, Searching for Extrasolar Planets, Electromagnetics, Astronomical Distances and Scales.
Demonstrations, Thought Experiments, Discussions, Hands-on Activities, etc.
- Science and Astronomy Superstore
General science, telescopes, optics, lasers, electronic test equipment, etc.
- The Animated Chalkboard
Free Physics Instructional Software by R. W. Tarara. Energy, motion, E&M, optics, etc.
- Buoyancy activities for kids
Sink or float; game show, mix and match, crossword, etc. Part of Science games from Surfing
the Net with Kids.
- Demonstrations and Activities
Newton's laws of motion, Bernoulli's equation, the 1st law of thermodynamics, Ohm's law, and Faraday's induction law.
- Science Trek
Learn about light and invisible waves like
radio and TV waves, microwaves and
x-rays. Where do they come from? Where
do they go? The quantum atom, polarization, the
periodic table, isotopes and radioactivity.
- Einstein's Legacy: X-Rays
Explore the physics
light, and other kinds
radiation. Learn how X-rays are
used in medical
imaging to create 3-D
pictures of the inner
- C.M. Physics Demonstrations
Interactive, animated physics activities using Java.
Mechanics; Wave Motion Applets; Electricity and Magnetism;
- Physics Education Research Papers on the Web
Papers are available as either Mac Word, PC Word, Adobe AcrobatReader (pdf format), or HTML files. Adobe Acrobat
Reader can be downloaded by following this link. Papers are in alphabetical order by author.
- Examination of free energy claims
Skeptical examination of the claims, made by an outfit called "Better World Technology"
that energy-creating, perpetual motion machines can be built to provide free energy.
- Wave Lab
This lab will help you to explore and understand two dimensional wave
phenomena using video and still images of real
waves traveling in a ripple tank (device that makes water waves).
- Supernova Cosmology Project
By observing distant, ancient exploding stars,
physicists and astronomers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory and elsewhere have determined that the
universe is expanding at an accelerating rate -- an observation that implies
the existence of a mysterious, self-repelling property of space first
proposed by Albert Einstein, which he called the cosmological constant.
This extraordinary finding has been named Science magazine's
"Breakthrough of the Year for 1998."
- Steam Engines
History that led to the invention and refinement of
steam engine. Each chapter has animation, diagrams and pictures which describe
each steam engine.
The chapter "Let's build a steam engine" describes an easy-to-build steam engine. It uses flywheel,
crank-shaft and connecting-rod from an old sewing-machine.
A special chapter addresses the subject of Thermodynamics.
- Crocodile Physics
Crocodile Physics is a commerccial simulator for High School Physics
courses. It covers electricity,
electronics, optics, mechanics,
kinematics and sound.
It comes with over 100
sample lessons and a built-in
multimedia editor to let you create
your own interactive activities.
- Donald Simanek's Pages
Extensive and excellent collection of original documents and links by
a Professor of Physics at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Skepticism, Critiques of Pseudoscience, and Urban Legends.
Science and Religion.
Pseudoscience, Weird Science, Kookiness and Quackery.
Classic examples of mistakes in science. History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Humor, Satire, Parody.
Physics, Astronomy and other Sciences. Laboratory: Reports, Error Analysis. Etc.
- The Physics Classroom
High-school physics lessons that contain a wealth of informative graphics and animations.
Some of the pages have several graphics; all of the pages have some graphics. Topics covered:
1-D Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Vectors - Motion and Forces in Two Dimensions,
Momentum and Its Conservation, Work, Energy, and Power, Circular Motion and Satellite Motion, Einstein's Theory of
Special Relativity, Waves, Sound Waves and Music, Light Waves and Color,
Reflection and the Ray Model of Light, Refraction and the Ray Model of Light.
- How Stuff Works
The official 1998 Coolest Site on the Web! How Stuff Works is a great place to come to learn about how things work in the world around you.
Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works, or what gears do, or what makes the
inside of your refrigerator cold? Engines and motors, electronics, around the house, things
you see in public, basic technologies, etc. A wonderful site for the curious.
- The virtual Laboratory (collection of JAVA applets)
Physics related Java Applets (also some VRML and Shockwave stuff) available on the Net.
- Vibration Data
This site offers downloadable software and tutorials with an emphasis on acoustics,
shock, vibration, and signal processing. Specific topics include
Shock response spectrum
Fourier transform and power spectral density function
Sound pressure levels
Natural frequencies of beams, plates, and acoustic volumes
- Measurement Equipment with PC Sound Cards
Dowloadable software that turns a PC into a signal generator, digital oscilloscope, and spectrum analyzer.
- Physics around the world
Catalog of physics web sites by the Institute of Physics.
- World-in-Motion Physics Video Analysis Software
World-in-Motion physics video motion analysis software is a useful educational tool for
lectures, lab experiments, and student assignments. Features include:
Over 200 video experiments covering most topics in Mechanics.
Video analysis software to analyze the video experiments.
An HTML browser interface for easy access to documents and experiments.
An HTML editing program with drawing, data analysis, and graphing capabilities to
create documents for new experiments.
A graphing tutorial program with randomly generated practice graphs.
Lecture notes software to save lectures in htm files with links to jpg images.
Video capture with a VFW compatible capture board and a video camera (capture
board and camera are sold separately).
Autorun CD for easy access to the software.
- Sound: The Soundry
Explains the physics of sound and how the human ear perceives
it. Be sure to visit the Interactive Sound Lab.
- Backyard Astronomy
Expert advice for backyard astronomers. How to use a telescope.
Choosing binoculars. Tricks to improving your observing
sessions. Learn how to build your own observing table in our
- About Temperature
What is Temperature;
The Development of Thermometers and Temperature Scales;
Heat and Thermodynamics;
The Kinetic Theory;
The Temperature of the Universe.
- Heat: An Agent of Change
This Genesis Mission module focuses on the relationship between basic physical science
concepts about heat and the challenges faced by the engineers
designing the Genesis spacecraft. Controlling the movement of heat to
prevent unwanted changes in materials requires basic understandings
- Cockpit Physics
Cockpit Physics is a course on the Web from the US Air Force Academy. It's design is based on educational
research and is structured around Karplus' Learning Cycle. The lessons make excellent use of QuickTime
- The Physics of Golf
Description of a book explaining the physics of golf. It would be
a good resource for students working on a research
project on sports.
- Smile Program Physics Index
Over 200 Physics lessons for middle and high school students. Topics are divided into the following
categories: Matter, Mechanics, Fluids, Electricity & Magnetism, Waves, Sound and Optics, and
- Space Station
A selection of space resource information, including news, history. and realtime data.
- Physics Teacher Webpages
Web pages of the members of PHYS-L and PHYSHARE discussion lists.
- Digital Oscilloscope Uses PC Sound Card for Input
Oscilloscope for Windows is a Windows application that converts your PC into a powerful dual-trace
oscilloscope. Oscilloscope uses your PC's sound card as an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) to
digitize any input waveform (speech, music, electric signal, etc.) and then presents it on the monitor
in real time, allowing the user to control the display in the same way as on a conventional
"standalone" scope, for example change gain, timebase or plot Lissajous patterns.
- Fowler's Physics Applets
Some Applets used in teaching physics, with links to the lectures in which they are used.
- SCUBA Diving Explained
On on-line book covering the concept of pressure, the four major gas laws as they apply to diving,
composition of air, changes in gas pressures with depth, ear and sinus squeeze, lung
barotrauma, air embolism, decompression sickness, nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity,
carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide toxicity, stress, hypothermia, hyperventilation, and
- Modeling Workshop Project
Modeling Theory of Physics Instruction, Prof. David Hestenes, Arizona State University.
Papers and talks describing Modeling Instruction. Curriculum materials
- Physics Sites from Cyberscience
Roller Coaster Physics, Demonstrations, History, Physcis Humor, Problem Sets, Nuclear, Light,
- Art Ludwig's Sound Page
Music and Sound Waves (Nature of sound; illustrations, no equations).
Music and the Human Ear (What makes a sound system good or bad).
Sound Demo .wav Files (HRTFs, room simulations, distortion, etc.).
Room Acoustics (room modes, speaker placement, etc.).
Physics of Sound (For hard-core physics lovers - lots of gory equations)
- The Bubbleshpere
Everything about bubbles and bubble science activities.
- Physical Sciences Resource Center
The Physical Sciences Resource Center is a project of the
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with financial
support from the Campaign for Physics. The PSRC provides teacher
resources for the entire spectrum of learners.
- Physics Simulations
This page is intended to include links to Java and Shockwave simulations from around the world.
[Electrical Circuits] [Electricity and Magnetism] [Energy] [Fluids] [Forces] [Genetics] [Gravitation] [Harmonic Motion] [Kinematics] [Kinetic
Theory of Gases] [Light and Optics] [Mathematics] [Miscellaneous Tests] [Modern Physics] [Momentum] [Nuclear Physics]
[Measurements] [Quantum Mechanics] [Rotational Motion] [Sound] [Structure Of Matter] [Thermodynamics] [Unit Conversion]
- The Mining Company: Physics
Advertiser-supported collection of articles and annotated links to physics:
Electricity & Magnetism,
- Astronomy with a Stick
You can help your upper elementary students experience these
relationships through indirect observations of the Sun on the
school playground and with models built in the classroom. These
activities provide a continuous exercise in critical thinking
and combine well with practice in the use of mathematics and
language skills. The science information and skills gained
in the activities form a foundation for future studies in
astronomy and geography.
The over-arching question addressed by the following activities
is "Why do daylight hours vary in length where we live?"
- Virtual Laboratory (U. Oregon)
To provide students with truely interactive texts, a series of experiments has been created using
Java to demonstrate the application of this method of teaching. These experiments are meant to be
conceptual interfaces to the equations of physics and/or represent interaction with data that
simulates a real physical experiment. These are targetted at physics classes for non-majors where
we currently have no physical lab sections due to resource constraints. 26 applets are
currently available (March 1999) in the areas of Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Astrophysics,
Electricity, Meteorology, and Environmental.
- Physlets: Small, single concept Java applets designed
for teaching physics.
Small platform independent programs are
ideally suited for instructional purposes such as homework problems.Ê We
call such applets Physlets. These physlets can be embedded directly into
HTML documents and can interact with the user using a scripting language
- Lecture Demonstration Manual
This is a quick reference demonstration
catalogue compiled for first year Physics
lecturers at the University of Melbourne.
Included are descriptions of apparatus,
experimental arrangements and brief
operational details. Mechanics,
Heat And Thermodynamics,
Electricity and Magnetism,
- The Solar System
First semester of a college astronomy course. In this semester of Astronomy we shall concern ourselves primarily with the Solar System.
As an introduction to that, we shall consider the historical development of our modern
picture of the Solar System.
- Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
Second semester of a college astronomy course. Light and the Telescope, Properties of Light,
The Interaction of Light and Matter, Telescopes and Detectors, etc.
- The Solar Spectrum
Can you determine which lines in the Solar spectrum are due to Hydrogen? Nice
graphics of spectra of the sun, Sodium, Mercury, Lithium, and Hydrogen.
- Physics Tutorials
A collection of illustrated
tutorials and self-tests in basic physics, including Torque and Rotational Motion, DC Circuits
Free-Body Diagrams; Exponential Growth and Decay; Simple Harmonic Motion; biophysics,
plus some supporting material on math and graphing. Bill Teesdale, Department of Physics, University of Guelph.
- DC Circuits
Illustated Tutorial on DC Circuits.
- ElectroSim: Electronic Circuit Simulations
Real-time, theory-based interactive simulations of some simple electronic circuits for a course in elementary practical
instrumentation electronics. Used after the students have constructed and studied the circuits in the
laboratory, in an effort to deepen their conceptual understanding.
Simulations help to bridge the gap between the static, two-dimensional symbolic representations of traditional schematic diagrams and the
real, 3-dimensional circuits in the laboratory.
Students work with representations that actually work and respond to changes just like the real circuits,
yet look just like the schematic diagrams in their textbooks. An example of downloadable
files for use with an external "player" application.
- Bradford Robotic Telescope Observatory
The Bradford Robotic Telescope is 46cm and totally autonomous. located high on the moors in West
Yorkshire, England. The telescope decides when the conditions are good enough to make observations of
the sky by itself (an astronomer does not need to be present)
Anyone on the Internet can register and ask the telescope to look at anything in
the northern night sky. Observations are automatically prioritised and scheduled
and completed by the telescope as time allows. Other data (weather information
and reports) are obtained and updated on this site automatically every day.
The telescope and this system are prototypes. We are currently working with a number of schools and
institutions to provide telescopes similar to this around the world. Practical Astronomy in Schools
- University of Iowa Automated
Telescope Facility is designed to be a useful tool for the internet
community. The Automated Telescope is a seven inch
Astrophysics refracting telescope, equipped with an HPC-1 CCD camera, located
on the roof of Van Allen Hall in downtown Iowa City. This telescope is freely
available for use by educators, scientists , and anyone else with an interest in
astronomy. We currently support a growing internet observers group, and we invite
you to visit the Remote Observers Page to get a better idea of what it's all about.
Imaging the Universe: Observing
- Amazing Space
Amazing Space is a set of web-based activities primarily designed for classroom use,
but made available for all to enjoy.
Current activities include:
Learn about the objects that make up the Solar System by collecting Solar
System Trading Cards.
Train to be a scientist by enrolling in the Hubble Deep Field Academy.
Create a schedule for the Second Servicing Mission to upgrade the Hubble
Space Telescope through the Student Astronaut Challenge.
- Real time Experiments from the Little Shop of Physics
Brian Jones, Physics Dept., Colorado State Univ.
Experiments you can do right now, right where you are...
Innovative collection of simple scientific experiments that
can be done right where you sit. Includes a facinating
auditory experiment, based on the "circularity of pitch
judgement" illusion, using the Shockwave plug-in to
create a working on-screen "piano keyboard".
- Patterns in Nature
Arizona State University. Patterns in Nature (PiN) is a project-oriented laboratory science course intended for
pre-service and in-service teachers and open to all students. There
are Web-based modules on Light & Optics
and electricity and magnetism. An optical discovery kit
may be purchased for take-home lab experiments.
- Explore Science
Highly interactive science activities for students and educators.
Will let both students and teachers interact with material on the
web, rather than just reading text. In order to use this site you must have the
Macromedia Shockwave Plug-in (used with Netscape 2.0+ or greater).
- National Air and Space Museum
- Workshop Physics and Studio Physics
- Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics, C3P
C3P is a curriculum project designed to implement research from physics education into high school physics courses. Now available on CD-ROM.
- Virtual Prof's Physics Shop
At this site you'll find physics
tutorial help, chat groups, bulletin boards, and materials for
calculus-based introductory physics.
- The Wave Theory of Sound
Excerpts from Chapter 1 of "Acoustics: An Introduction to Its Physical
Principles and Applications" by Allan D. Pierce
(published by the Acoustical Society of America)
- Learning in Motion
Download free demo of math/science learning tool "Measurement in Motion"
which helps students measure and analyze anything
that can be pictured or filmed.
Using Quicktime digital video technology integrated with measurement tools,
learners create points, lines, angles, areas,
and numeric data on each changing frame of a Quicktime movie.
Students can display information in numeric tables, line graphs, bar charts,
histograms, or scatter plots.
Students mathematically analyze information in a movie by simply dragging a
connection from the movie to a graph or a table.
- Galileo Project: First Entry into a Giant Planet Atmosphere
The Galileo Project is a NASA unmanned mission to explore the planet
Jupiter and its surrounding moons and magnetosphere. The spacecraft,
which started its journey on October 18, 1989 with the launch of the
Space Shuttle Atlantis, consists of an Orbiter and an Entry Probe.
The Entry Probe will descend into Jupiter's
atmosphere on December 7,1995 and directly measure the atmosphere
of a Giant Planet for the first time, permitting us to better understand
many of the scientific mysteries of the largest planet in our solar system.
This site contains
Mission Information, Mission Updates, Jupiter: The Planet, Educational
Resources, and a Multimedia Library. The Institute and Museum of the History of Science of Florence, Italy,
has an on-line exhibit on
Galileo Galileo, including a relic of
middle finger of his right hand.
- The Particle Adventure
An Interactive Tour of the Inner Workings of the Atom and the Tools for Discovery.
Sponsored by Contemporary Physics Education Project.
- Embryonic Stars Emerge from Interstellar "EGGs"
Spectacular pictures of the Gaseous Pillars and Star-Birth Clouds
in M16 (Eagle Nebula),taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Suitable for framing.
- Earth & Sky Radio Programs
Earth & Sky is a short, thought provoking daily program which provides
explanations and explorations of the natural world and the movement of
the planets. It ventures into topics of popular biological science and
astronomy, and helps explain some of those basic questions we may have
asked but never got answers to in childhood. Requires that you first download
the free RealAudio Player (for Macs or PCs). Works even over 14.4 kbaud modems.
- Using Science and the Internet as Everyday Classroom Tools
An inquiry-based science curriculum
for kindergarten through sixth grade.
- EXPLORING FORCES & MOTION
Will there be less force used when a box of washers is moved across
different surfaces with sliders or rollers? Try it!
- AstroEd: Astronomy Education Resources
Collection of astronomy, earth, and space science sites with images
and animations. Curriculum materials and on-line courses;
Newsletters and hypertext articles;
Images and Animations;
History of Astronomy;
Views of the Sky.
- Science Theater Animations and Images
Movies and gif files represent a selection of images and animation files which were
submitted from researchers around the world. Quicktime
movies of each of these animations or image sequences are shown in the Science Theater.
These mpeg movies were created from the original HDF datafiles. Hurricane Bob;
- Hubble Space Telescope
Pictures & News Releases; Education Activities; Observing with HST
Data Archive; Science Resources.
- NASA's main home page
Questions and Answers - Have you ever wondered where you can order NASA photographs?
Or how to become an astronaut? Or how to see a launch? This is the place to go to find the most
commonly sought information about the U.S. space program.
NASA Centers - Most of NASA's work is done at the agency's field centers. Here you'll find
links to their Home Pages.
Go To - Links back to the NASA Organization, the NASA Centers, other nations' space
agencies and other U.S. federal agencies.
Gallery - Video, audio clips and still images are here for the downloading.
Aeronautics - An overview of NASA's aeronautics research and links to related Webs.
Space Science - What lies beyond our home world? Here's information on NASA's planetary
exploration, astronomy and research into the origins of life.
Mission to Planet Earth - Dedicated to understanding the many ways the Earth is constantly
changing and how human beings influence those changes.
Technology Development - NASA is dedicated to improving U.S. technological capability through
innovative developments. Here's where you'll find information on that effort, including reducing the
cost of access to space and technology transfer.
Human Space Flight - This Web provides links to the Office of Space Flight, including the Space
Shuttle and Space Station Home Pages, and the Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences, which
conducts research aboard the Shuttle and is planning experiments for the Space Station.
- PDS Imaging Node
The Imaging Node of the Planetary Data System is the curator of NASA's primary digital image
collections from past, present, and future planetary missions. The node provides to the NASA planetary
science community the digital image archives, necessary ancillary datasets, software tools, and technical
expertise necessary to fully utilize the vast collection of digital planetary imagery.
OMNIWeb is a WWW-based data retrieval and analysis interface to NSSDC's OMNI data which
consist of 1-hour-resolution "near-Earth" solar wind magnetic field and plasma data, energetic proton
fluxes (1-60 MeV), and geomagnetic and solar activity indices. It allows you to select a subset from the
available OMNI data to view or retrieve. It also provides a graphical browsing capability to analyze and
preview the data as time series plots. This browsing feature was designed to assist you in following trends
in the data and discovering areas of interest.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review is a quarterly magazine highlighting research and
development activities at the Laboratory.
- American Institute of Physics
Physics Information NETsite. AIP offers a suite of online services that maximizes the resource-sharing potential of the global Internet,
including AIP's first online journal -- APL Online, a complete, searchable, hypertext version of the
printed journal Applied Physics Letters -- and PINET Plus, the network designed to work for the
physical science community.
Discovery Mission which will fly by a comet and bring back a
collection of cosmic history. STARDUST is the first sample
return of all time from beyond the reaches of the Moon.
- Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Science Education Department (SED) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics manages
projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project,
with additional support from the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard College Observatory. These
projects seek to address the needs of teachers and students in elementary, secondary, and college
science education through advanced technology, curricula and materials, teacher enhancement, and
- National Academy of Sciences
Welcome to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of
Medicine, and National Research Council. Also available: NAS, NAE, and IOM membership
information, the NAS/NAE/IOM/NRC email directory and mailing address, and Job Openings at the
NRC. Our pages are best viewed with a browser that supports tables.
- Comet Shoemaker-Levy Collision with
From July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9
collided with Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the
effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere have been simply spectacular and beyond
expectations. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of at least 21 discernable fragments with diameters
estimated at up to 2 kilometers.
- Comet Shoemaker-Levy home page
On 1994 July 16-22, over twenty fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with
the planet Jupiter. The comet, discovered the previous year by astronomers Carolyn
and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy, was observed by astronomers at hundreds of
observatories around the world as it crashed into Jupiter's southern hemisphere. This
Web site is here to provide some of the images taken by amateur and professional
astronomers before, during, and after the events, and to provide more information on
this historic event.
- The Planetary Society
Our organization is
devoted to the exploration of the solar system and the
search for extraterrestrial life. With 100,000 members in
over 100 countries, we make up the largest space
interest group in the world.
The year 1997 will see an exciting renewal of planetary
exploration worldwide. Two United States missions are
now on their way to Mars, and the Near-Earth Asteroid
Rendezvous is making its way to asteroid 433 Eros.
This new year will also see the launch of two lunar
missions (one by the US and one by Japan) and the
Cassini launch of the US/European mission to Saturn.
In 1998, four more planetary launches are scheduled.
Don't miss the excitement of new discoveries, from all
over the solar system, to all over Earth. The Planetary
Society is even planning a special
event--Planetfest--which will celebrate all these
late-breaking discoveries in Pasadena, California from
July 3-6, 1997.
The Planetary Society web site has "worlds of
information" for you-- please join us here to enjoy
planetary exploration and help Make It Happen!
- Educational Outreach at JPL (was JPL Learning Link)
Our purpose is to share JPL's edcational programs and
products with the global educational community and to provide links to JPL home pages of
educational value. In addition, you will find related Internet links.
- Vibration web pages
This web site is the result of a fourth year Mechanical Engineering project at
Curtin University of Technology.
The purpose of the project was to combine the power of MATLAB and the ease of
use of sound cards to develop two concepts which could be used to assist student
learning in the area of vibration analysis and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT
- Sound Wave Project
Students collect sounds from musical instruments as well as other sources using a CBL and TI-82
calculator or computers and interfacing devices. Sound files are analyzed for fundamental frequencies
and overtones. While the emphasis is the superposition of waves, many concepts of wave theory
will be covered.
- Computers, Teachers, Peers
CLP research has created and refined a semester-long thermodynamics, light, and sound
curriculum for achieving integrated science understanding that involves the innovative use of computers in
the classroom. Our web site describes these efforts and provides a resource for science teachers, policy
makers, and educational researchers.
- Comet Observation Home Page
Comets Currently Visible (1/3/97)
Potential Superstar Comet...
Information on Comet Hale-Bopp for the Non-Astronomer (7/8/96)
o Follow the Comet's Changing Brightness Brighter prospects for
o Chart showing Hale-Bopp going past M-14 October 27 - November 1
(from Dale Ireland) (10/25/96)
Recent News and Observations (1/9/97)
Comet Light Curves (3/6/96)
Ephemerides for Current Visually Observable Comets (1/3/97)
Other Sources of Comet Information (2/2/96)
News, Shopping, Feature Stories, Astronomy Magazine, Photo Gallery
- Sky & Telescope
Magazine for the more technically advanced reader, but the
Home Page is written so that anyone can understand it.
- The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of
each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds
and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
Interplanetary spacecraft have revolutionized planetary science. Very little of this document would
have been possible without the space program.
The Global Astronomy Marketplace- If you're looking for a used telescope, or if you have equipment
you'd like to sell...
Astronomy sky mapping program. SkyMap Pro 7 is now available, with new features.
- Liftoff to Space Exploration
- Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
- Gemini Telescope Projects
- High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center
- Infrared Processing & Analysis Center (IPAC)
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- MIT Microwave Subnode Home Page
- NASA Solar Data Analysis Center
- NASA Planetary Rings Node
- NASA's Astrophysics Data System
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- U.S. Naval Observatory
- National radio astronomy observatory
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