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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Particle Adventure

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Ian Clark (Student), Nov 28, 2000
Comment: If you are looking for a description and history of every major discovery in
atomic and subatomic physics for the last century this sight is for you. The
majority of the sight is set up in a tour format, and includes everything from
radioactivity to annihilation to a brief description of quantum mechanics. All
descriptions are qualitative and assume no prior knowledge of physics or math,
yet still manage to be relatively satisfying.

My favorite feature is that the welcome and home pages both contain links to
several articles on current research in the field. Once you have developed some
sense of the subject by reading through the body of the sight you can come back
and read about some of the most recent developments in more depth.

The only complaint I could think of is about the format. The particle adventure
is a lengthy one (I lost count after, 2 hours and 50 pages) and it would be
nice to have a linked index on, or linked to the homepage, in addition to the
back/forward arrows on each screen. This is however a small issue and should by
no means dissuade anyone from visiting this sight. Overall it is a very
informative and well constructed sight.

Technical Remarks:

It is apparent from the start that a lot of time and skill went into the
construction of this sight. The page layout is aesthetically appealing and
there are several interesting Java script animations. I found that the page
layout was more than a little cramped when viewed with Netscape 6.0, though
older versions of Netscape seemed to work perfectly.