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Visual Physics

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The one stop site for teaching and learning interactive and visual physics.
Material Type: Animation
Date Added to MERLOT: April 12, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 16, 2011
Submitter: Venlee Kresge


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Dan Ferencik
13 years ago

Dan Ferencik (Student)

This site is a very interesting site to browse about in. Practically everything
in it is interactive. All the topics that I visited seemed to be related to the
physics that I am currently taking. Interacting with different exercises I can
see the relationships between the components within the experiment to best see
how the formulas are put together. I can see that if I add higher number of one
element it changes very little. Howevevr, if I change the element to a lower
number then the outcome changes dramtically. That is why this is an interesting
site because it shows many relationship.

Technical Remarks:

Navigating through the site was very quick and easy. Every link seemed to come
up on the screen with no trouble what so ever. Basically for each interaction
there are no right or wrong answers so there is no need for a place to find the
correct answers. When browsing around it would probably be better to have some
idea of what your looking at so t would be better if byou had some kind of
physics backround or else this site wouldn't do you much good.

Avatar for Venlee Kresge
13 years ago

Venlee Kresge (Student)

As a student using this site I found that it was helpful in visualizing
difficult physics applications. The interactive models allow the user to change
variables and other functions to see the change in relationships. The material
within the site is educationally significant because it builds upon key physics
applications and then clearly shows the relationship visually. The site is a
great teaching and learning material because of this fact.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to use technically with the exception that the materials have
to be downloaded as shareware and self-extracting zip files which can only be
installed in Windows95. The model programs can be seen before downloading as a
snapshot, though.