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Curricular Resources in Physics

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Physics. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Bubbles Theme Page

Electricity (Concepts) Theme Page

Electronics (Circuitry) Theme Page

Hot Air Balloons



Paper Airplanes

Periodic Tables Theme Page


General Physics Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Physics. Please read our disclaimer.

About Rainbows
Answers to various questions about rainbows for older students, including: What is a rainbow? Where is the sun when you see a rainbow? What makes the bow? What makes the colors in the rainbow? What makes a double rainbow? and more...

Amusement Park Physics
Tell your students that they're going to be learning about conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy, the balance of motion and force, Newton's Third Law of Motion, Galileo's study of falling objects, and the interaction of gravity and weightlessness and you'll receive blank stares. But, you'll get a different reaction if you announce that in their next unit they'll be learning about Amusement Park roller coasters, carousels, bumper cars, free fall and the pendulum rides. Each ride at the site has a brief description of the physics underlying it, an activity or extension (e.g., students design their own rollercoaster), and related links where students can learn more.

Ask an Expert: Physics
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on Physics may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Science" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

Energy Matters
This Think Quest 98 award winning site provides information to students about the different methods of energy production currently in use or in research. In addition, it discusses the history of energy's influence on man, presents how energy is currently being used, and introduces energy from a physics point of view. There's also an interactive game and public message board at the site.

Eric's Treasure Troves of Science
Extensive on-line encyclopedias of math and science. Included are encyclopedias on the following subjects: Physics, Scientific Biography, Scientific Books, and Rocketry. Each section is browsable alphabetically or searchable by keyword. Entries have a concise explanation as well as cross links which can be quite extensive.

How Stuff Works
This site contains explanations on "how stuff works" for a wide range of objects that we see and use everyday. Categories that are covered include: engines and motors, electronics, around the house, things you see in public, basic technologies, computers and the Internet, digital technology, automotive, current news, food, your body, and miscellaneous. An index and a search engine make it easy to find what you're looking for. Articles are written reasonably clearly and there are plenty of images and pictures to assist in the explanation, but teachers should note that the language level and the use of terminology may put them beyond the ability of younger or beginning science students to understand on their own.

Index of Educational Documents
This site can serve as an encyclopedia of Physical Science terms and concepts.

[The] K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook
This site has a complete text on aeronautics available in various reading levels, lesson plans and activities to help students understand the concepts, and a set of exercises and resources which link the concepts to other subjects (math, language, social studies, performing arts and literature).

Optics for Kids
A quick look at some optical basics.

Physical Science Activity Manual
This Manual contains 34 hands-on Chemistry & Physics activities that can be downloaded in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The manual is neither a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides the teacher with background information and a collection of student-centered activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions.

[The] Physics Classroom
Here's a comprehensive set of on-line high school physics tutorials consisting of units, lessons, and sublessons. Contents cover Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Vectors, Momentum, Work, Energy, Power, Circular Motion, Satellite Motion, Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, Static Electricity, Current Electricity, Waves, Sound Waves, Music, Light Waves,Color, Reflection/Refraction, and the Ray Model of Light. Units contain problems for students to check their knowledge and animated GIFs to teach concepts. In addition to these tutorials, sets of resources that support teaching/learning the concepts can be accessed directly by type, for example: GIF animations and QuickTime movies, problem sets, quizzes, student activities, lab sheets, and projects.

Physics Internet Resources
Here's a meta-list with links to WWW, Gopher and FTP sites, physics news from around the world, paths to high energy physics sites around the world, astronomy, and even job announcements and conference news round out this site.

Physics Online
Peter Vogel of Notre Dame Secondary School in Vancouver has developed a site for BC students and teachers. Included are current and back issues of "Physics News" a weekly collection of physics news, tips and strategies for taking scholarship examinations, and various other columns. There are also links to other WWW Physics sites.

Virtual Labs and Simulations
Here's a collection of links to sites on the web that have computerized simulations of physics principles that allow students to see a visual demonstration of a scientific concept, often in animated form. In addition, the student may be given the opportunity to manipulate one or more variables underlying the concept and then witness the changes. There are close to 300 labs/simulations in senior high physics. Category headings include: Mechanics, Momentum, Rotational Mechanics, Machines, Measurement Tools, Fluid Physics, Electricity, Thermodynamics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Wave Phenomena, Light, Color, Geometric Optics, Astrophysics, and Nuclear.

[A] Walk Through Time
Here's an illustrated history of time measurment.

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