Course ePortfolio

Introduction to Physics

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.
Course: Introduction to Physics

College level algebra and trigonometry

Pedagogical Approach


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.


Various methods

Other Information


Course Resources

  • PhET - Physics Education Technology at the University of Colorado
    This collection of research-validated simulations provides online learning environments where students are engaged with... More
  • Open Source Physics
    Open Source Physics (Collection)
    This collection of combined simulations and curriculum provide engaging digital activities for students at a wide range... More
  • Physlets
    Physlets (Collection)
    PHYSLETS are Java building blocks used around the world to develop interactive learning activities. This web site... More
  • Physlets at Lawrence Technological University
    This web site is an excellent example of the use of Physlets to build illustrations, investigations, and tutorial... More
  • Illinois PER: Interactive Examples
    This series of online problem-solving activities are excellent for individual students to build understanding about both... More
  • Problem Collections from UMd PERG
    This set of question collections covers a wide range of topics and uses. The materials can be used for in-class... More
  • Assessing-to-Learn Physics
    Whether teaching in a conventional classroom or online, questions that can help an instructor judge the conceptual... More
  • HyperPhysics
    HyperPhysics (Presentation)
    Hyperphysics is an extensive online reference site covering most of physics. These resources can be used to help... More
  • Physclips: Physics animations, film clips, interactive tutorials and supporting pages
    This series of short online lectures with high quality illustrations and animations will provide students with online... More
  • Math And Physics Applets
    This web site provides highly-visual simulations in a wide range of topics. The materials suitable for introductory... More