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Would Headlights Work at Light Speed? Assessment Instrument Information Page. Assessment Instrument Information Page Please do not allow students to keep copies of any of these tests. It takes years of development effort to create and validate a reliable assessment instrument. If it is released to the public domain, students will locate it and all that work will be for naught. In fact, you might not want to use the formal name of the test on the versions you have students take.

Does mass change with velocity? MIT Game Lab. Visual Quantum Mechanics. Perspectives of Hans Bethe. QM Experiments for Undergraduates. Textbook My book is titled Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, and is written for a junior/senior level quantum mechanics class.

QM Experiments for Undergraduates

It is unique in that it describes not only quantum theory, but also presents laboratories that explore truly modern aspects of quantum mechanics. The book begins the presentation of quantum mechanics using photon polarization as a prototypical two-dimensional quantum system. It also has chapters describing quantum measurement, entanglement, quantum field theory and quantum information.

You can order the book from the publisher, or from Amazon. Description Technology has advanced to the point where truly modern experiments which explore the fundamentals of quantum mechanics are accessible to undergraduates. Overview · Slides of a talk given at Amherst College in Oct. 2004. . · Slides of a talk given at AAPT Meeting, July 2006. . · Slides of a talk given at AAPT Meeting, July 2006.

Quantum Waves. Free Fall in GR. Straight lines in a curved spacetime If we throw up an apple, or any other object, it will soon fall down again.

Free Fall in GR

Why - might one ask? Isaac Newton would have said that there is a gravitational force acting on the object, pulling it down again. Albert Einstein in stead would say that the object returns because it's motion is described by a . But what does this really mean? For various reasons it is hard show directly what a curved spacetime really is - without a using any math. The spacetime for a line outside the earth Consider an upright staff outside the earth. The law of straight lines In Einsteins theory there is a law saying that a thrown-up object will have a motion corresponding to a straight line in the spacetime. Relativity.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object) Gravitation.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object) Problem of Reciprocity.

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Problem of Reciprocity

Norton Department of History and Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh Background reading: J. Schwartz and M. McGuinness, Einstein for Beginners. What's the Problem? Pendulum Waves. Radiation dosages. Physics Flash Animations. We have been increasingly using Flash animations for illustrating Physics content.

Physics Flash Animations

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. LInks to versions of these animations in other languages, other links, and license information appear towards the bottom of this page. The Animations There are 99 animations listed below. Exploring Black Holes.

Inside Black Holes. Maxwell's equations. Quote So if Coulombs law works best for you, then use coulomb's law - there's no need to re-invent the wheel.

Maxwell's equations

As far as the original problem goes it is solved, but it uncovered great many things for me, so what is left now is curiosity because this solution implies Coulomb's and Biot-Savart law tell different and more complete story than Maxwell's equations and yet they are supposed to talk about the same E and B fields. High Voltage Cable Inspection. Space Time Travel – Relativity Visualized. Optical Effects of Special Relativity. Relativistic Optics at the ANU. Seminar: Visualizing Special Relativity. The following text is that of a seminar presented to the ANU Physics Department on 25 September 1997.

Seminar: Visualizing Special Relativity

Note that the links to animations will not function. Animations may be downloaded elsewhere. Antony Searle Australian National University Distinguished Scholars Program Animations The Lorentz factor can be thought of as the degree of relativistic effects. Visualization of Einstein's special relativity. Physics Simulation with Java. NTNUJAVA Virtual Physics Laboratory<br>Enjoy the fun of physics with simulations! - Index. Thin Lens (converging/diverging lens/mirrors) Math, Physics, and Engineering Applets. Oscillations and Waves Acoustics Signal Processing.

Math, Physics, and Engineering Applets

GRorbits. PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations. Capacitor Lab - Capacitor, Capacitance, Electricity. Charges and Fields - Electric Charges, Electric Field, Electric Potential. Topics Electric Field Electrostatics Equipotential Electrostatic Potential Electric Charges Voltage Description Arrange positive and negative charges in space and view the resulting electric field and electrostatic potential.

Charges and Fields - Electric Charges, Electric Field, Electric Potential

Plot equipotential lines and discover their relationship to the electric field. Create models of dipoles, capacitors, and more! Sample Learning Goals Determine the variables that affect the strength and direction of the electric field for a static arrangement of charges.Investigate the variables that affect the strength of the electrostatic potential (voltage).Explain equipotential lines and compare them to the electric field lines.For an arrangement of static charges, predict the electric field lines. Electric Field Hockey - Electricity, Electric Field, Electric Charges. Geometric Optics - Refraction, Lens, Vision. Bending Light - Index of Refraction, Light, Snell's Law.

Wave on a String - Interference, Harmonic Motion, Frequency. Circuit Construction Kit (AC+DC) - Circuits, Light Bulbs, Batteries. Physion - Physics Simulation Software. Physics animations and film clips: Physclips. Free Online Course Materials. HyperPhysics. CosmoLearning - Physics. UCLA Lecture Demonstration Manual.