Posts Tagged ‘physics’

Classic Literature Study Guides at Your Fingertips!

July 28th, 2021

Barnes & Noble: SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/lit/)

Grades 6 – adult, children with parental supervision

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.

In the top menu, other categories are:

  • Shakespeare
  • Literature
  • Subjects by list
  • Teacher Helps

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Elementary Fun with Chemistry and Physical Science

July 6th, 2021

American Chemical Society – Inquiry In Action

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/k-8/inquiryinaction.html)

Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from:

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Learn the 60+ Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 26th, 2021

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

This fantastic website offers free videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained on the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.”

Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and its use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

January 12th, 2021

TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This is a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.

In this 17-minute video filmed for TED.com (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.

Free Theoretical Physics Video Lessons & Resources!

November 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Perimeter Institute: Students

(www.perimeterinstitute.ca/outreach/students/games-and-videos)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics of Canada sponsors this website that offers free educational resources for young people to convey the wonder and mystery of the universe and the power of theoretical physics including: Condensed Matter, Cosmology & Gravitation, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics, Superstring Theory, and more.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of educational resources that includes:

  • MYSTERY OF DARK MATTER – Explore the mysterious substance that makes up about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe.
  • ALICE & BOB IN WONDERLAND – Join your animated hosts, Alice & Bob, in this series of 60-second video adventures as they learn about the world around us from discovering how a flashlight works to learning about gravity and time-travel.
  • CHALLENGE OF QUANTUM REALITY – Explore the quantum world in a 30 minute video featuring the double-slit experiment and the concept of wave-particle duality.
  • MEET A SCIENTIST – Watch short video interviews with leading researchers from around the world.
  • POWER OF IDEAS – Explore the six most powerful ideas in physics history through this multimedia experience.
  • VIRTUAL ISSYP – Learn more about the wonders of modern physics and the excitement of research and discovery by watching video excerpts from the Perimeter Institute’s two-week International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP).

These remarkable presentations are certain to inspire your inner Einstein.

Free Science Projects

August 25th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Physics & Engineering
  • And more!

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Super Bubble Solution
  • Test a plant for starch
  • How to make a rubber band car
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

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