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Speed and Acceleration
The science behind how something moves.
Why things fall: Fall Video.
What is "the pull" in "the pull of gravity?"
Collisions: Light, Heavy, Same.
What happens when two things crash into each other?
Why Satellites Don't Fall
How is it that they stay up there?
Roller Coasters: Free Rides.
Sure they're fun...and loaded with Physics too!
Make your Jump Shot: Video, Ball Ride.
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: Orbit, Eclipses, On Moon, On Sun, Moon Phases
Stuff involving these three heavenly bodies.
First one Down
Throw one ball and drop another. Which one lands first?
Things that Spin: The race, Wheel (still), Wheel (spinning).
Strange things can happen when things spin.
Swinging Pendulums: Different starts.
Strange facts about things that swing back and forth.
Sound: 2D, How we hear, Play sounds.
What is sound anyway?
The Doppler Effect: Why, Hear it.
Sometimes we don't hear what we're supposed to.
Einstein's Relativity: The house.
What happens when you move very very fast?
Zero g: Zero g Video, A Pendulum.
How can you make gravity go away?
Ball on a String
A ball is twirled on a string. Then the string is cut....
Shake it!
Why earthquakes can be so destructive.
What is an Atom?: Orbits, Quantum, The Atom.
We can't see them, so what does an atom look like?
Strange Writings: A Problem, Deciphered
How a physicist would solve a problem.
What is Friction?: An Experiment
Friction doesn't really want you to move; ever.
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Motion in Two Dimensions
    Firing a cannon: Calculating projectile motion
    Juggling objects: The physics of juggling

Gravity and Orbits
   Orbiting satellites: Fundamentals of orbital mechanics
   Mission to Mars: Orbits and energy

    Playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony: Wave frequencies and harmonics

Kinetic Theory of Gases
    Pressure, volume and temperature: Investigating the ideal gas law

Electric Charge and Coulomb's Law
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  • Conservation contains an introduction to the world of physical conservation.
  • 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.

Physical Quantities

Students can explore the following physical quantites within Bang! Boing! Pop!

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 class.

Java Simulations

  • Energy - 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 visualize.

Other Features

  • 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 each section:

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