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Introduction to Physics

by MERLOT Adminstrative Team
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This resource list provides 10 recommended resources from the MERLOT-Physics Editorial board for materials that can provide online instruction in the case of an emergency. These are ready-to-use materials to support an introductory physics class.
Introduction to Physics
College level algebra and trigonometry
Learning Outcomes:
To think critically about the sign, order of magnitude, direction and units of every answer we write down, to be sure that it makes sense physically. To analyze a graph of position vs. time for information about velocity and acceleration. To use units to construct consistent equations to solve problems. To analyze a one or two-dimensional free fall problem, kinematically, dynamically, and using conservation principles. To understand the isometry between one dimensional uniform accelerated motion and uniformly accelerated rotational motion. To analyze static equilibrium problems by balancing forces and torques. To analyze a graph of electrical or gravitational potential to determine acceleration and field directions. To analyze the electrical or gravitational fields due to multiple sources, and their actions on a test particle. To analyze RC circuits of varying topology. To use the isometry between electrical circuit and fluid problems to analyze fluid flows. To understand standing and traveling wave behavior in terms of wave phases. To understand magnetic fields and forces, and their actions on current elements and loops, in terms of cross products. To use Planck units and quantum numbers to describe atomic electrons. To relate quantum energy transitions to absorbed or emitted radiation. To understand the isometries between various diffusive phenomena. To understand the various modes of heat transfer. To apply energy and entropic principles to physical systems.
Pedagogy Approach:
Assessment Methodology:
Various methods

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PhET - Physics Education Technology at the University of Colorado

Added 09/08/2009
This collection of research-validated simulations provides online learning environments where students are engaged with physical systems. Lesson plans for use of the materials and research results are also included.

Open Source Physics

Added 09/08/2009
This collection of combined simulations and curriculum provide engaging digital activities for students at a wide range of levels. The EJS models are particularly powerful because of the simplicity of making modifications and exploring new physics.


Added 09/08/2009
PHYSLETS are Java building blocks used around the world to develop interactive learning activities. This web site provides a wide range of examples of the use of Physlets as well as instructions on how to build learning materials from the applets.

Physlets at Lawrence Technological University

Added 09/08/2009
This web site is an excellent example of the use of Physlets to build illustrations, investigations, and tutorial curricular materials.

Illinois PER: Interactive Examples

Added 09/08/2009
This series of online problem-solving activities are excellent for individual students to build understanding about both physics and approaches to problems.

Problem Collections from UMd PERG

Added 09/08/2009
This set of question collections covers a wide range of topics and uses. The materials can be used for in-class questions, discussion activities, and homework.

Assessing-to-Learn Physics

Added 09/08/2009
Whether teaching in a conventional classroom or online, questions that can help an instructor judge the conceptual knowledge of his or her students are crucial. This question database provides hundreds of questions in many physics topics, many of them with strong research as to what they mean about student understanding.


Added 09/08/2009
Hyperphysics is an extensive online reference site covering most of physics. These resources can be used to help students understand and build a conceptual framework for physics.

Physclips: Physics animations, film clips, interactive tutorials and supporting pages

Added 09/08/2009
This series of short online lectures with high quality illustrations and animations will provide students with online study help.

Math And Physics Applets

Added 09/08/2009
This web site provides highly-visual simulations in a wide range of topics. The materials suitable for introductory physics include wave and interference simulations, illustrations of electric and magnetic fields, and modern physics. More advanced materials include electrodynamics, Fourier analysis, and quantum mechanics.
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