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Conversion Maestro - Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Physics

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5 to 12
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature...more
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature while showing users the conversion factor for each calculations.

tag(s): conversions (24)

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Origins - The Exploratorium

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9 to 12
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This extensive site examines the search for origins of the universe, of matter, and of life, through the people, places, and tools that have contributed to human understanding of these...more
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This extensive site examines the search for origins of the universe, of matter, and of life, through the people, places, and tools that have contributed to human understanding of these mysteries. Visitors can explore space centers, jungle labs, and polar stations. Discover the secrets buried in Antarctica's ice and Belize's rainforest. Find out how knowledge of science from one field brings insight to others. Before leading students here, map out a plan of attack that best fits your curriculum.

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Don't Burn - Build!

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9 to 12
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research,...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research, geometry and physics, students must assume specific roles and work together to create an engineering solution. Helpful solutions, links to Web resources and worksheets, and evaluation rubrics are provided. As with any webquest made by a teacher out there, sometimes links "go bad" while the teacher isn't looking. This one is mostly active and definitely worth tolerating the "bad spots."

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A few of the links on the main page don't work, so teachers will need to find replacements if necessary. Otherwise, the activity would be a great extension activity for a math or science class.

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Origins - NOVA

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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors...more
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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors can decide for themselves if life exists on other planets, explore the role played by galaxies, and the most recent scientific discoveries of life's origins. Your students will be amazed as they analyze the fingerprints of a star, see how the Eagle Nebula was assembled from raw Hubble Telescope data, or check our where in the world scientist are finding their greatest discoveries in origins research. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be-developed teacher's guide.

tag(s): planets (127)

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Visionlearning

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6 to 12
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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science....more
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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science. Each module contains interactive animations, a glossary, related current events, practice exercises, and biographic information about scientists who worked with that particular concept. Registered users can personalize each module with comments, links, or notes. The free "MyClassroom" option allows teachers to post syllabi, and announcements, or store lesson plans.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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Universe Adventure - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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9 to 12
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Project this site in your classroom, and let your students be amazed! This interactive tour teaches students about the expansion of the universe, the Big Bang, dark matter, the ...more
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Project this site in your classroom, and let your students be amazed! This interactive tour teaches students about the expansion of the universe, the Big Bang, dark matter, the evolution of the galaxies, and SO much more. Check out the cosmic calendar that compresses the history of the universe into one year. A glossary of space science terms is can be easily accessed from any portion of the tour.

tag(s): solar system (123), stars (64)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. One way to insure students are following along with the content of the site is to create a graphic organizer or follow along to be turned in post-exploration. This site does a really good job of breaking down complex concepts into more manageable and understandable definitions. Use this site to review, to reinforce the major ideas or concepts.
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Optics for Kids - Optical Research Associates

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Add this simple and concise resource to a classroom unit on the science of light. Students can discover answers to questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "How ...more
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Add this simple and concise resource to a classroom unit on the science of light. Students can discover answers to questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "How does a magnifying glass make things look bigger?" In addition to optical basics, the site provides brief information about science and engineering careers, and links to other teaching and learning resources. Follow the link to A Gentle Introduction to Optical Design for a slightly more technical presentation, appropriate for older, more advanced students.

tag(s): light (49), optics (15)

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Physics Classroom

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9 to 12
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This collection of high school physics tutorials can be used to introduce or review basic concepts while providing real-life applications. Topics include Newton's laws, Vectors and...more
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This collection of high school physics tutorials can be used to introduce or review basic concepts while providing real-life applications. Topics include Newton's laws, Vectors and Projectiles, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, and much more! QuickTime movie animations show projectiles, collisions, and roller coasters in motion so that changes in acceleration, energy, and velocity can be seen as the action progresses. Add this link to your class web site and keep available on a classroom computer. Created by The Physics Classroom and Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. QuickTime required.

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Advanced Placement Digital Library - Rice University

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10 to 12
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and...more
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and links to related resources. All materials on the site have been reviewed and selected by AP teachers and context experts. Users must fill out a free registration form.

tag(s): advanced placement (23)

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Re-living the Wright Way - NASA

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Not for the faint-hearted, this site explains the math and science behind the Wright Brother's success on that fateful day in Kitty Hawk, NC. Geometry, trigonometry, and Newton's Laws,...more
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Not for the faint-hearted, this site explains the math and science behind the Wright Brother's success on that fateful day in Kitty Hawk, NC. Geometry, trigonometry, and Newton's Laws, along with principles of aerodynamics, are discussed as they relate to aircraft and the phenomena of flight. Many of the links take you to interactive programs that visually illustrate scientific principles. Created by NASA.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36)

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Physics teachers - use this site as a resource to search for materials to inject in your curriculum year-round. There are interactives, virtual lessons and the like that could add something new to your class. Save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Foucault Pendulums - California Academy of Science

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Here's a nicely illustrated explanation of the physics behind the Foucault pendulum and its use to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The site's succinct structure would make it...more
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Here's a nicely illustrated explanation of the physics behind the Foucault pendulum and its use to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The site's succinct structure would make it a neat little supplement to an appropriate physics or science lesson. It would also work well for individual use.

tag(s): earth (231), gravity (49), planets (127), rotation (12)

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Secondary Science Games - Channel 4

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Britain's Channel 4 has teamed with the Institute of Physics to offer this set of online Flash games about sound, energy, and materials. A free registration is required, but made-up...more
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Britain's Channel 4 has teamed with the Institute of Physics to offer this set of online Flash games about sound, energy, and materials. A free registration is required, but made-up names seem to be acceptable. Teachers will want to preview these for suitability, but there seems to be considerable depth to the content.

tag(s): energy (202), sound (103), sounds (68)

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Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center - NASA

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9 to 12
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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down...more
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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down options providing additional detail. A surprisingly useful feature is an "in the news" section that offers current information about many of the topics.

tag(s): energy (202)

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Optics for Teens - Optical Society of America

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Here's a site that offers lots of depth about optics - the study of light. The site includes some basic theory that is actually understandable; a look at applications of ...more
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Here's a site that offers lots of depth about optics - the study of light. The site includes some basic theory that is actually understandable; a look at applications of optics in medicine, astronomy, and elsewhere; and information on careers in optics.

tag(s): light (49), optics (15)

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Science and physics teachers will find this one a surprisingly rich resource for secondary students.
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String Theory - The Elegant Universe - PBS Nova

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Secondary physics teachers who want to stretch their students' understanding of the universe will welcome this site on string theory - a companion to the PBS NOVA program on the ...more
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Secondary physics teachers who want to stretch their students' understanding of the universe will welcome this site on string theory - a companion to the PBS NOVA program on the same topic. The most recent attempt to identify a single unifying force in the universe, string theory's key premise is that there are additional dimensions beyond the four (including time) with which most of us are familiar.

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Fission - Moments of Discovery - American Institute of Physics

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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge,...more
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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge, research, and happy coincidence contributes to many scientific advances. It's a great point of view for physics and science students to see.

tag(s): energy (202), nuclear energy (24)

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Use the audio files on this site to introduce one of the corresponding topics in a science class over the interactive whiteboard. There are also teacher guides that provide a few simple ideas as to how to work these files into your classroom. This could be a great way to show a case study in your classroom, providing something tangible for students to listen to, supplementing their normal text.

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PhysicsQuests

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Created by a physics teacher, this site offers a collection of webquests and similar interactive activities that help explain topics typically found in a physics curriculum. As with...more
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Created by a physics teacher, this site offers a collection of webquests and similar interactive activities that help explain topics typically found in a physics curriculum. As with any such collection, the quality of the resources varies, but you'll likely find one or more that fit nicely with your own curriculum.

tag(s): animation (66), webquests (29)

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While not technically a webquest, this site has a lot of extension activities that could be used at the end of a lesson or as a review before a new one. Accommodate today's students, and have them complete the activities on Google Docs, reviewed here, making it easier for them to receive feedback and reduce the amount of messy papers you need to grade.

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A Science Odyssey

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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific...more
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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific process by which these advances were made will find the information here a useful addition. Good information; not a lot of "whiz-bang."

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A Walk Through Time - NIST

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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time...more
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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time zones and atomic clocks. The text is readable and the graphics are interesting while still loading quickly. Depending on the amount of detail you want to absorb, this one would work well for upper elementary through secondary students.

tag(s): time (142), time zones (8)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group read and interpret individual sections on this site - making sure every group has a different one. The intentions of this will be to have students analyze this information and present it to their peers to "teach" each other. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

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While many portions of this site are directed towards planning visits to the museum, the Historical Perspective section outlines many key developments in the history of nuclear power....more
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While many portions of this site are directed towards planning visits to the museum, the Historical Perspective section outlines many key developments in the history of nuclear power. With information on Marie Curie, Nuclear Non-proliferation, the Manhattan Project, and a number of other key moments in the history of nuclear science, this site is a helpful resource for science research.

tag(s): energy (202), nuclear energy (24)

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Possibly the most interesting aspect of this site is the information they have on the Manhattan Project. Access the article via the "History articles," found after searching through the "Online exhibits" section. The article is lengthy but extremely informative and interesting. Separate the article into parts, assigning the separate parts to pairs or cooperative learning groups. Have the class put together a digital book of the history, with students creating their own individual pages from their sections. While it may seem a bit disjointed at first, the students will pick up a lot of the key details and the results will be really entertaining when the class reads it together over the interactive whiteboard or projector. We recommend using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here for the online book.

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