Speed and Acceleration
The science behind how something moves.
Why things fall:
What is "the pull" in "the pull of gravity?"
What happens when two things crash into each other?
Why Satellites Don't Fall
How is it that they stay up there?
Sure they're fun...and loaded with Physics too!
Make your Jump Shot:
The science behind making a shot in basketball.
Cart Throws Ball
If a cart throws a ball, where will the ball land?
Can you help two kids ride a seesaw?
Sun, Earth, Moon:
Stuff involving these three heavenly bodies.
First one Down
Throw one ball and drop another. Which one lands first?
Things that Spin:
Strange things can happen when things spin.
Strange facts about things that swing back and forth.
How we hear,
What is sound anyway?
The Doppler Effect:
Sometimes we don't hear what we're supposed to.
What happens when you move very very fast?
Zero g Video,
How can you make gravity go away?
Ball on a String
A ball is twirled on a string. Then the string is cut....
Why earthquakes can be so destructive.
What is an Atom?:
We can't see them, so what does an atom look like?
How a physicist would solve a problem.
What is Friction?:
Friction doesn't really want you to move; ever.
1999 Physics 208 Syllabus
Kinetic Books Homepage
Motion in Two Dimensions
Firing a cannon: Calculating projectile motion
Juggling objects: The physics of juggling
Gravity and Orbits
satellites: Fundamentals of orbital mechanics
Mission to Mars: Orbits and energy
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony: Wave frequencies and harmonics
Kinetic Theory of Gases
volume and temperature: Investigating the ideal gas law
Electric Charge and Coulomb's Law
Electric golf: Applying Coulomb's Law
What you need, when you need it
Conservation contains an introduction to the world of physical
- A Story About
Conservation is an extended explanation of conservation. It is intended to
help build upon the student's knowledge of the concept and help him/her begin
to apply that knowledge towards specific physical quantities.
Students can explore the following physical quantites within Bang! Boing!
Each section provides a description of the nature of the physical quantity,
how it applies to conservation, real-life examples of the quantity in action,
and specific physical formulas that the student might encounter in a physics
- the student is responsible for navigating a monkey across a gulley via a
swining vine and his/her knowledge of energy. The monkey's angle, velocity,
and gravitational acceleration are variable, giving the student a feel for the
separation of kinetic and potential energy
Momentum - the student controls an Indian who is using a bow and weighted
arrows to propel himself in a canoe across a lake. This simulation is designed
to build intuition for momentum, a concept that is often difficult to
- The Glossary
is presented to help students learn physics without being troubled with new
vocabulary. The first time a difficult word is used in the text, it is linked
in hypertext to its definition in the Bang! Boing! Pop! glossary
- Quizzes allow the student to gauge his/her own progress without the stress
that normally surrounds tough examinations in school. A short quiz exists for
BQLearning: Better Questioning for Learning
Search page for BQ-OSP Database of Open Source Physics Resources, Physlets®
, and other Science Applets
Project developed by William F. Junkin III (Erskine and
Eckerd College) and Anne J. Cox (Eckerd College) in association with Wolfgang
Christian and Mario Belloni (Davidson College). Partially supported by the
National Science Foundation (DUE-0126439 and DUE-0442581).
Visual Physics - Java Simulations
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