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This paper introduces a new suite of computer simulations from the Physics Education Technology (PhET) project,... see more

Review notes over concepts. Videos as well.

Explains the differences between permanent magnets and electromagnets. Shows you how to make your own small electromagnet... see more

What light is, and ways of thinking about it (particles and waves). Discussion of the electromagnetic spectrum, white... see more

A primer on nuclear radiation/radioactive decay. Covers atoms, subatomic particles, isotopes, and radioactive decay... see more

In this simulation, students learn about kinetic and potential energy by finding the best start point for a car of a... see more

This animation illustrates how sound waves cause us to hear.

What x-rays are. How an x-ray machine works, and uses of x-rays/x-ray machines. Includes pictures and diagrams. A basic... see more

This is a hyper-linked exploration of topics in classical mechanics.

Hyperlinked exploration of nuclear physics, including particles, structure, radiation, and applications.

A hyperlinked exploration of the physics of acoustics and sound, and the physiology of hearing.

The Java Applet calculates the magnetization reversal of a magnetic particle assuming coherent rotation of the... see more

This web site contains quantitative homework problems where students are helped through successive questions. The goal is... see more

Investigate how an inclined plane redirects and reduces the force pulling a brick downward, with or without friction. A... see more

Can you teach radioactivity using inquiry?  Yes!  To beginning science students? Of course! Topics include general... see more

Interactive visuals and discussions of physics and mathmatical applications.

Illustrates how waveforms interact with each other.

A simple animation that illustrates how air molecules move in sound waves, one dimensionally.

An electronic laboratory manual for introductory physics consisting of videos (on principles and laboratory procedure) in... see more

Shockwave tutorials on basic principles of E&M, written at the middle school level.

A basic tutorial on nuclear physics, written for those with little experience in physics.

Watch a satellite slowly circle Earth in an ellipse. Vary the eccentricity of the orbit.

Simulations of experiments involving the application of an impulse (force over a short time period) to different masses.... see more

Simulation of a (two-dimensional) gas of hard spheres. Shows Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution, and illustrates such... see more