Fear of Physics?

April 19th, 2004 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
Fear of Physics

List member, Stephanie, recommended today’s website that allows visitors to “play” with the laws of physics in a friendly, non-technical way in order to overcome their fear of physics and realize how much it explains a lot about the world around us. The authors of the site are physicists who are out to prove that the study of physics is fun and interesting.

When you get to the site, click on “Visual Physics.” You will then see a menu of activities and a brief description of each. Click on the one that interests you and a new page opens with instructions on how to do the online activity. You enter information into a form or field and click to see the results.

A new screen appears with an animation representing what you selected — along with an explanation of what happened, and information about various components that will change the results of your experiment. There is a simple, brief description of the laws or principles that govern the activities — along with thought-provoking ideas for your consideration. Some of the experiments on the site cover:

  • Speed and Acceleration
  • Collisions
  • Roller Coasters
  • Sun, Earth, Moon (orbits, phases, etc.)
  • Things That Spin
  • Sound
  • Einstein’s Relativity
  • What is an Atom?
  • What is Friction?
  • Make Your Jump Shot (the science behind basketball)
  • Zero g (fun with gravity)
  • and much more!

There is also a “Teachers and Students” link where you can take a quiz to test your knowledge and purchase physics software. At the main page you can also click on “Physics Homework Help” to practice working physics math problems. If you don’t see your question there, you can also search through an archive of past questions and answers that users have posted. Or, for a fee, you can post a question and get a good answer with explanation. Check out also their Physics Dictionary, open to (screened) user contributions. :)

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