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Welcome to the MERLOT Physics Portal, a collection of educational resources for instructors and students of physics. The collection focuses on open access and open source content that improves conceptual understanding and problem solving. You can help build the collection by joining MERLOT, submitting content, lesson plans, and activities, and volunteering to join the peer review process.
The Editor's Choice 2014: This project provides a wide range of visual, interactive quantum mechanics tutorials. The materials cover all aspects of an upper-level quantum mechanics class, as well as advanced topics in quantum information and the foundations of quantum theory.
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Physics on the Web
Jul 27, 2016 2:36 PM PDT
What is the heat index and how do you calculate it? The post It's Hot, But the Heat Index Means It Feels Even Hotter appeared first on WIRED.
Jul 27, 2016 2:00 PM PDT
The professional development program run by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning is now producing more physics teachers annually ...
Jul 25, 2016 6:00 AM PDT
Why is it so difficult to crash into the Sun? This numerical calculation in python shows just how difficult it can be. Homework questions...
Jul 19, 2016 7:00 AM PDT
People are complaining about the size of the Death Star in the Rogue One poster. Here's how you could actually make that picture. The post...
Jul 18, 2016 7:00 AM PDT
Here is a stunt that launches humans into the air with a giant slingshot. The humans then parachute down. It's a great introductory physics...
Jul 12, 2016 12:32 PM PDT
I recently facilitated two workshops for high school teachers to introduce them to python in physics. Here are my lessons learned. The post How...
Jul 11, 2016 7:00 AM PDT
In this scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magical trap creates treasure that continuously multiplies. How long would it take to...
Jul 07, 2016 5:00 AM PDT
In the movie The BFG, a giant looks like a human but just bigger. But big things are not the same as small things. The post Physics Says The BFG...
Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM PDT
I have noticed an increase in the use of "Rhett" as a name. This leads to the question: When will all children be named Rhett? The post...
Jun 28, 2016 5:00 AM PDT
In this video, Jay Leno rides with Bob Riggle in a high power car. The car pulls a wheelie and then ends up rolling. Here is the physics behind...
Jun 27, 2016 6:00 AM PDT
There's a saying that adding mass to the wheel of a bike has twice the impact compared to adding the same mass to the frame. Why would that...
Dec 11, 2014 5:14 PM PST
Originally posted on Noschese 180: College-Prep Physics: I’ve been coding with my AP Physics classes for years. But in honor of this week’s Hour...
Oct 11, 2014 7:21 AM PDT
Originally posted on Noschese 180: College-Prep Physics: Even though we now have a mathematical relationship between mass and weight, we still...
Sep 24, 2014 1:06 PM PDT
Originally posted on Noschese 180: College-Prep Physics: This year I decided to bring relative motion into my curriculum. It’s a unit...
Sep 19, 2014 2:50 PM PDT
Originally posted on Noschese 180: College-Prep Physics: Modeling Instruction’s standard lab practicum for the constant velocity unit is...
Jan 30, 2014 3:39 PM PST
If you don’t already know, Flappy Bird is the hot new mobile game right now. The premise is simple: navigate the bird through the gaps between...
Nov 19, 2013 4:11 PM PST
Originally posted on Noschese 180: [TL;DR – Not as much as I had hoped.] College-Prep Physics: Students came to class with the following question...
Nov 16, 2013 7:09 PM PST
Tests are evil, let them do projects. That type of rhetoric frequently appears in my Twitter stream. My gut reaction is hell yeah. But some...
Jul 14, 2013 10:54 AM PDT
I’m not a PR guy. I’m just a teacher. But they say that if you want to be a disruptor, the best experience is no experience. So here goes… 1....
Jul 11, 2013 9:00 PM PDT
This question was posted to Twitter today: Question: how do you convince teachers who are ADAMANT that they teach to the rigor required by CCSS...
Jun 29, 2013 8:00 AM PDT
Google Reader will be ending on July 1st. After searching through several apps and services, I’ve finally settled on a few alternatives I like....
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