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Practical Physics

Practical Physics
This website is for teachers of physics in schools and colleges. It is a collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of physical concepts and processes. Some of the experiments can be used as starting-points for investigations or for enhancement activities. Many have links to carefully selected further reading and all include information and guidance for technicians. Physics is a practical science. Practical activities are not just motivational and fun: they can also sharpen students’ powers of observation, stimulate questions, and help develop new understanding and vocabulary. Good quality, appropriate physics experiments and investigations are the key to enhanced learning, and clarification and consolidation of theory. We have published a new set of resources to support the teaching of practical science for Key Stages 3-5.

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Pysics is Phun! Enter the wild world of physics where appearances and logic are often turned upside down. Understanding the underlying concepts is essential for uncovering the magic of physics. It can be a thrilling adventure for students as they discover lots of cool methods for lasting knowledge. Browse these Websites and discover a variety of interactive simulations, experiments, and ideas to use in your classroom. Energy & Machines Activities and Games Free Downloads Physical Science Sorry this category is so small. I don't often get stuck in situations where I have to generate physical science resources. (My inventions always come about as the result of finding myself in a teaching situation for which I can't find adequate resources.) Energy "The Case of the Missing Joules" For ages 9-14.

Episode 202: Forces in equilibrium In this episode, students will learn about the conditions for static equilibrium (excluding moments of forces). Summary Demonstration and discussion: The washing line (10 minutes)Student experiment: Forces in different directions (15 minutes)Student experiment: Forces in equilibrium (20 minutes)Worked example and Demonstration (15 minutes)Student activity: An estimation (15 minutes)Student questions: Two problems (30 minutes) Demonstration and Discussion: The washing lineTake 5 m of good strong string.

Build an Atom - Phet Topics Atoms Atomic Structure Isotope Symbols Atomic Nuclei Description Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Physics Flash Animations We have been increasingly using Flash animations for illustrating Physics content. This page provides access to those animations which may be of general interest. The animations will appear in a separate window. The animations are sorted by category, and the file size of each animation is included in the listing. Also included is the minimum version of the Flash player that is required; the player is available free from The categories are: In addition, I have prepared a small tutorial in using Flash to do Physics animations. 125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology Astronomy & Space Travel A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space) – Video – Recorded from August to October, 2011 at the International Space Station, this HD footage offers a brilliant tour of our planet and stunning views of the aurora borealis.A Universe from Nothing – Video – In 53 minutes, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss answers some big enchilada questions, including how the universe came from nothing.A Year of the Moon in 2.5 Minutes – Video – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been orbiting the moon for over a year. The footage gets compressed into 2 slick minutes.A Day on Earth (as Seen From Space) – Video – Astronaut Don Pettit trained his camera on planet Earth, took a photo once every 15 seconds, and then created a brilliant time-lapse film.Atlantis’s Final Landing at Kennedy Space Center – Video – After more than 30 years, the space shuttle era comes to a close. Video runs 30 minutes.

Calculus I Calculus I (Notes)[Notes][Practice Problems][Assignment Problems] Notice I apologize for the site being down yesterday (October 26) and today (October 27). There was a network issue here that caused the site to only be accessible from on campus. Because it was (apparently) working when I left campus yesterday I didn't realize the site was not accessible from off campus until late last night when it was too late to do anything about it. 5 Skills That Will Make You a More Valuable Filmmaker There are tons of skills that will make you a better filmmaker, but have found these 5 skills to be invaluable. Here are 5 skills that I like to see in filmmakers I hire or 5 skills he/she is willing to develop. Watch the video above to see all 5 tips and read the conclusion below to see the payoff of mastering these skills. 1. Knowing How to Stage Gear

The Wonders of Physics In the matter of physics, the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see. A pretty experiment is in itself often more valuable than twenty formulae extracted from our minds. --Albert Einstein Never has there been a time when an understanding of science has been more important to the well-being of individuals and to the nation than the present. Yet many recent studies have documented a lack of interest in science and hence a decline in science literacy in the United States. To address this problem, the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1984 began a program called The Wonders of Physics aimed at generating interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.

Algebra Good Digital Games, Manipulatives, and Puzzles for Algebra: Algeburst: Topics in Algebra for iPad: Simplifying expressions, solving simple equations, using exponent rules (Video Demo of Algeburst)Algeburst: Topics in Arithmetic for iPad: Prealgebra arithmetic skills like signed numbers, fractions, and decimals.Algeburst Lite for iPad: A taste of the two full version apps.Algeboats Lite for iPad: Evaluate algebraic expressions and improve your mental math skills. (Video Demo of Algeboats)Dragonbox for iPad: Solving equations (Video Demo of Dragonbox)Line Gem: Identifying the equation of a line (Video Demo of Line Gem)Factortris: Multiplication tables, Factor pairs (Video Demo of Factortris)Factor Feeder: Number Factors (Video Demo of Factor Feeder)Flower Power: Ordering of decimals, fractions, and percents (Video Demo of Flower Power), NOTE: This game now requires you to set up a teacher account with student sub-accounts for students to play past the “Lite” version.

Reflective Surfaces Can Ruin Your Shots. Here Are Some Quick Fixes "Reflective surfaces are a pain in the ass," said every filmmaker ever. Say you've just canned a glorious tracking shot. When you go to review the footage, however, you're dismayed to find out that you tracked past three windows, and in every single one of them you can see the dolly and camera crew, the boom operator, and some PA holding coffee that is wandering around like a lost puppy. Almost every filmmaker I know has dealt with this problem in some form or another, and it's one that every up and coming filmmaker will encounter at some point in their lives. But what can you do to get rid of those pesky reflections that can ruin your shots? Here's Ryan Connolly and the Film Riot crew to offer up a few quick tips:

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