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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.