AP Physics B
This content is assembled from UC-approved college prep courses and is designed to acquaint students with topics in Newtonian mechanics, including: kinematics, laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, momentum, circular motion, oscillations, and gravitation. The course covers two semesters. The first semester includes fluid mechanics, thermal physics, and kinetic theory. The second semester discusses electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The c
Dietrich Neumann on the Illuminated Building
Dietrich Neumann talks about the blurring of illusion and reality in architecture and film.
Properties of Matter
This module will introduce you to many of the basic properties of matter including atoms, ions, elements, molecules, and density. You will use real data from plasma physics research to further explore the basic properties of matter.
In this module we will discuss a future alternate energy source: Fusion (this is what we research here at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab). We will focus on fusion energy and, using the knowledge we have gained throughout this series, we will discover the forces that are needed for fusion.
Investigating Special Relativity with Particle Physics Data
This Website provides resources for secondary and post-secondary teachers of physical science. These resources include data reduction projects and particle physics datafiles. The data reduction projects guide student investigation of a dataset to a particular end result. The datafiles are written in a format that allows for rapid Web file transfer and ease of import into commonly available applications such as Microsoft Excel. Students download and reduce these data in an open-ended environment
Calculate the Top Quark Mass
Students use conservation of momentum to calculate the mass of the top quark. This activity examines the fingerprint of a top/antitop production that took place in the D-Zero Detector at Fermilab on July 9, 1995. This activity will build on student understanding of vector addition and depends upon only a small amount of particle physics explanation.
NIST Time and Frequency Information
The Time and Frequency Division, part of NIST's Physics Laboratory, maintains the standard for frequency and time interval for the United States, provides official time to the United States, and carries out a broad program of research and service activities in time and frequency metrology.
Solar State Physics
In the electrical engineering, solid-state materials and the properties play an essential role. A thorough understanding of the physics of metals, insulators and semiconductor materials is essential for designing new electronic devices and circuits. After short introduction of the IC fabrication process, the course starts with the crystallography. This will be followed by the basic principle of the quantum mechanics, the sold-state physics, band-structure and the relation with electrical propert
The Great Magnet, the Earth
This site provides a non-mathematical introduction to the magnetism of the Earth, the Sun, the planets and their environments, following a historical thread. In 1600, four hundred years ago William Gilbert, later physician to Queen Elizabeth I of England, published his great study of magnetism, "De Magnete"--"On the Magnet". It gave the first rational explanation to the mysterious ability of the compass needle to point north-south: the Earth itself was magnetic. "De Magnete" opened the era of mo
Fundamentals of Physics, I
This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, and waves.
James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) is arguably the father of electromagnetism, and unarguably one of the greatest physicists ever. Einstein called Maxwell's equations 'the most important event in physics since Newton's time, not only because of their wealth
Modeling Physics with Easy Java Simulations: TPT Package
This Java archive contains a collection of simple Easy Java Simulations (EJS) programs for the teaching of computer-based modeling. The materials and text of this resource appeared in an article of the same name in The Physics Teacher [Phys. Teach. 76, No. 45, pp. 474-480 (2007)].
Nature and the Built Environment
This course explores the evolutionary roots of form and order in the built environment. While grounded in scientific evidence, a broad perspective of humanism is emphasized throughout, with discussions of how ideas, beliefs, experience, ideals, and human nature animate individuals and societies and thereby give form to the things they make. Readings begin with the idea of nature and how it is manifest in ancient cities, architecture, and other artifacts. This is then contrasted with today's buil
Physics Games: Laser
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! Has it ever occurred to you that every time you listen to a CD or point with a laser pointer, you are holding the discovery of a Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics in your hand?
Physics Games: Microscopes
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! Zernike invented the phase-contrast microscope, Ruska developed the electron microscope, and Binnig and Rohrer invented the scanning tunneling microscope. All have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Here, you can learn more ...
Physics Games: Transistor
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain, the men behind the transistor, were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, transistors are found in virtually every electronic device.
Brighten Up the Classroom
provides papers on the aurora and ionosphere, scales for measuring space weather, and a textbook for high school teachers and advanced students -- Solar Physics and Terrestrial Effects. The textbook examines a range of topics: the evolution and structure of the sun, sunspots and solar flares, the corona and chromosphere, solar-terrestrial interactions, building a spectroscope, measuring the solar constant, and seeing at different wavelengths.
Building America's Industrial Revolution: The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts
features one of the oldest surviving textile mill complexes in the U.S. Learn how technology revolutionized the textile-manufacturing industry, and, in turn, affected mill architecture, city planning, and transportation.
The Energy of the Sun
As part of this lesson plan, students will learn about how energy is produced and dissipated by stars, including our own Sun. In addition, materials presented here explain the formation, evolution,and eventual "death" of stars in supernova explosions, and some fundamentals of nuclear physics. Definitions ...
This course examines the device physics of advanced transistors and the process, device, circuit, and systems considerations that enter into the development of new integrated circuit technologies.