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The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) homepage provides AAPT news; information on membership; announcements of meetings as well as highlights and abstracts of past meetings; online publications such as the American Journal of Physics, the Physics Teacher, and the Announcer magazine; links to other publications such as Physics Today; information on AAPT high school and college programs; ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article, Periodical, Proceedings, Policy / Procedure
Subject: Physics
 
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This site provides weekly physics articles containing a short introduction to the physics involved and a taste of the current research in the field. It includes an archive of physics photos and images, a section for posing questions to a physicist, physics news, essays and excerpts by physicists, and biographical information on some physicists. There are also links (categorized by level) to related ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material, Ask an expert
Subject: Physics
 
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This resource from Glenbrook High School in Glenview, Illinois explains and illustrates the nature, properties and behaviors of waves. The unique nature of a standing wave is also introduced and explained. Each lesson resembles the type and extent of coverage given to that physics topic in class. The sub-lessons are accompanied by Check Your Understanding sections, providing an opportunity to assess ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Physics
 
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This resource from Glenbrook high school in Glenview, Illinois applies Newton's laws of motion and kinematic principles to describe and explain the movement of objects in circles. Specific applications are made to roller coasters and athletics. Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation is then presented and utilized to explain the circular and elliptical motion of planets and satellites. Each lesson resembles ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Physics
 
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This applet demonstrates how altitude impacts the distance a fly ball travels in a ballpark. Users choose a city (altitude), ball speed, and angle of departure with respect to the ground, and the program depicts the ball's trajectory. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Physics
 
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These science activities are meant to spark student curiosity and engage students in various science process skills, as well as present them with science content. They involve concepts related to static electricity, air pressure, density, energy transfer, the Bernoulli Principle, adhesion and cohesion. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity
Subject: Physics
 
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This applet explores the interaction of two waves, allowing users to control both the period and amplitude as well as the phase between the two waves. Students can try to get the sum to be zero when the two component waves have a nonzero amplitude. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Illustration - scientific, Code
Subject: Physics
 
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This lesson provides students with an understanding that certain materials are attracted to magnets while others are not. It is the first in a two-lesson series on magnets. In Magnets 1: Magnetic Pick-ups, students will look at various objects, make predictions about whether they are magnetic, and then test their predictions. This exploration is an introductory activity to magnets and magnetism. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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In this lesson, students will experimentally measure the strength of a magnet and graph how the strength changes as the distance from the magnet increases, and as the barrier (masking tape) is built between the magnet and an iron object. This lesson is the second in a two-lesson series on magnets. The main concept to convey in Magnets 2: How Strong is Your Magnet? is that forces can act from a distance. ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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This lesson teaches students how the motion of the Foucault pendulum proves that the earth is rotating. It will help to expand their concepts of motion, pendulums, and the gravitational force. Students will explore online resources to understand how Foucault used pendulums to show that the earth spins on its axis. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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