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The ABC's of Nuclear Science __ I could not write a better review than they already did. "The ABC's of Nuclear Science is a brief introduction to Nuclear Science. We look at Antimatter, Beta rays, Cosmic connection and much more. Visit here and learn about radioactivity - alpha, beta and gamma decay. Find out the difference between fission and fusion. Learn about the structure of the atomic nucleus. Learn how elements on the earth were produced. Do you know that you are being bombarded constantly by nuclear radiation from the Cosmos? Discover if there are radioactive products found in a grocery store. Do you know if you have ever eaten radioactive food? Find out what materials are needed to shield us from alpha, beta, gamma, radiation. Discover what have we gained by its study." - illustrated - From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -

The Airfoil Misconception in K-6 Textbooks __ How to airplane wings really work? "Amazingly enough, this question is still argued in many places, from elementary school classrooms all the way up to major pilot schools, and even in the engineering departments of major aircraft companies. This is unexpected, since we would assume that aircraft physics was completely explored early this century. Obviously the answers must be spelled out in detail in numerous old dusty aerodynamics texts. However, this is not quite the case. Those old texts contain the details of the math, but it's the *interpretation* of the math that causes the controversy." You will find the full controversy here. - illustrated - From Bill Beaty -

American Institute of Physics - Home Page __ You will find articles, news, links, government relations, education and student services, publications and much more. - illustrated - From American Institute of Physics -

Amusement Park Physics __ Go ride a roller coaster then come back here and find out why things did what they did. It is more fun if you take it in that order. - or - you can just read the website. "Amusement park rides use physics laws to simulate danger, while the rides themselves are typically very safe." - illustrated - From Annenberg/CPB -

Astrophysics Source Code Library: Archive __ Abstracts and texts for dozens of papers about astrophysics. - From ASCL -
A Brief History of Superstings __ "The history of string theory is very fascinating, with many bizarre twists and turns. It has not yet received the attention it deserves from historians of science." Not only will you be able to learn that history but find links to related material such as the basics of superstring theory. - From Caltech -

Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy __ A great overview of astrophysics including access to papers, photos, and much more. Most is available online, certain features are for members only. - illustrated - From University of Colorado -

Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences __ A huge website covering everything from stellar evolution to nuclear energy, quasars to general relativity. - illustrated - From University of California, San Diego -

Center for History of Physics __ You will find exhibits and additional online source materials for the history of physics and allied fields. - illustrated - From American Institute of Physics - 



CHP - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics __ Why do we need it? "Classical mechanics does not provide an accurate description of matter on the scale of atoms and molecules. Electrons around a nucleus or nuclei do not behave like planets orbiting the sun or like ping-pong balls bouncing around in a container. Experiments show that when observing the properties of very small bits of matter, such as a single electron, the matter exhibits wave-like properties. Quantum mechanics is the mathematical description of matter on the atomic scale." You will find a general overview and an illustration of how to use the Schrödinger equation. - illustrated - From Brian M. Tissue -

Contributions of 20th C. Women to Physics __ "Descriptions of important contributions to physics made by 83 women in the 20th century. These are documented by the original papers in which the discoveries were first reported. In addition there are historical essays and other historical documents not easily available elsewhere." - illustrated - From UCLA -


Einstein Revealed __ You will learn about the turning points in Einstein's life, read about his discoveries and theories, find educational materials for student and teacher. - illustrated - From NOVA -  


Gravity's Gravity __ "A new experiment at the University of Washington seeks to determine whether the gravitational binding energy of an object generates gravity of its own." A paper for the more advanced student. - from American Institute of Physics -

Hand-drawn Holograms __ Can it really be done? Of course. "No laser, no isolation table, no darkroom, no expensive film plates. This takes nothing more than a compass and some scraps of plexiglas." Learn the technique. - illustrated - From Bill Beaty -

Hands-On Astrophysics __ "Hands-On Astrophysics, an educational project of the AAVSO, is an invitation to embark upon a journey into the very hearts of stars--to listen to and observe the rhythms of their pulsations, and begin to gain an understanding of the processes by which they evolve." this is a program for classroom use. - illustrated - From

Imagine The Universe __ "This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe." While the website deals with astronomy, there is a lot of information based on the science and math of physics. A lot of material to cover. You will want to spend some time here. - illustrated - From NASA -
ippex online __ A wonderful and fascinating website where you will find interactive physics modules about matter, electricity and magnetism, energy, and fusion. You can even operate your own Tokamak. - illustrated - from ippix online -



Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics __ You will find an extended paper. "The Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) is an approach to quantum mechanics according to which, in addition to the world we are aware of directly, there are many other similar worlds which exist in parallel at the same space and time. The existence of the other worlds makes it possible to remove randomness and action at a distance from quantum theory and thus from all physics." - From Stanford University -

NOVA | The Elegant Universe | Imagining Other Dimensions __ "For most of us, or perhaps all of us, it's impossible to imagine a world consisting of more than three spatial dimensions. Are we correct when we intuit that such a world couldn't exist? Or is it that our brains are simply incapable of imagining additional dimensions -- dimensions that may turn out to be as real as other things we can't detect?" - illustrated - From NOVA -

Nuclear physics __ A basic introduction to nuclear physics. - illustrated - From Lukas Czarnecki -

Nuclear Science and Technology __ You will find information about nuclear physics and technology and how it influences our everyday lives. - illustrated - From -

The Official String Theory Web Site __ So what is string theory? For that matter, what the heck are elementary particles? If this all sounds totally confusing, then you need to visit this website. - From -

ORNL Physics Division __ A website chock-full of articles and information about nuclear and atomic physics. - illustrated - From Oak Ridge National Laboratory -

The Particle Adventure __ Here you will take off on an adventure where you will learn about the exciting subatomic world. Downloadable worksheets and handouts available for classroom use. - illustrated - From the Particle Data Group -

Physical Sciences Resource Center __ "...a collection of information and resources for physical sciences education. You may search the collection by keyword or name, or browse the collection by topic, object type, or grade level." You will need to set up an access account. - illustrated - From The American Association of Physics Teachers -

Physics 2000 __ Find information and learn about lasers, microwaves, TV screens, waves, atoms, the periodic table, and much, much more. - illustrated - From University of Colorado at Boulder -

PHYSICS 24/7 - Physics Homework Help, Physics Tutorial,... __ "Physics tutors at Physics 24/7 help you achieve your goals in physics. With our online physics tutorials you are provided with the necessary tools and support for your physics homework. As a client of Physics 24/7 you will receive an exclusive online physics tutor to help you through your experience." Some material is free and some requires a subscription. - From - 

Physics and Astronomy - __ You will find sections of daily physics and astronomy news, a large reference section with constants, conversions, quotations, and a teacher's club. Free registration. - illustrated - From -

Physics Central __ "With Physics Central, we communicate the excitement and importance of physics to everyone." And they do it quite well. You will find a wealth of information here. - illustrated - From The American Physical Society -

Quantum Mechanics __ Here you will find an excellent overview of quantum mechanics from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. - illustrated - From Stanford University -

Red and Green Electricity: Demonstrating electricity using colored plastic sheets __ "Here's a simple technique for demonstrating some basic electricity concepts. For classroom use, the colored shapes can be placed on an overhead projector. Also try using a white desktop, or a whiteboard. This demonstration is like an animated diagram, rather than a demonstration of any actual electrostatic effects. It is probably best used for grades five and above." - illustrated - From Bill Beaty -

SLAC Library - Online Particle Physics Information __ "This list describes a broad set of online resources that are of value to the particle physics community. It is prescreened and highly selective. It describes the scope, size, and organization of the resources so that efficient choices can be made amongst many sites which may appear similar. A resource is excluded if it provides information primarily of interest to only one institution." - From Stanford University -

String Theory and the Unification of Forces __ You will find a remarkable paper dealing with string theory. "The urge to discover a fundamental theory underlying all natural phenomena has been expressed since the beginning of civilization." - from Sunil Mukhi/Tata Institute of Fundamental Research -

Sub-Atomic Particles __ "An Introduction to the particles that make up matter" - From - 
Theoretical physics fun __ Just that. Learn how to time travel in flatland, solve Einstein's equations, and visit a model universe. - illustrated - from Caltech -

The Theory of Everything __ I think you will find this to be a fascinating read. "Was there anything before the Big Bang? Could we build a time machine? The Theory of Everything could solve some of the greatest galactic puzzles." - illustrated - From -



Universe Today - Current News __ Up to date news from the worlds of physics, astrophysics and astronomy. - illustrated - From Universe Today -

Virtual Trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars Page __ "Ever wonder what it would look like to travel to a black hole? A neutron star? If so, you might find this page interesting. Here you will find descriptions and MPEG movies that take you on such exciting trips. These movies are scientifically accurate computer animations made with strict adherence to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The descriptions are written to be understandable on a variety of levels - from the casually curious to the professionally inquisitive. It is hoped that students from grade school to graduate school will find these virtual trips educational." - illustrated - From Robert Nemiroff -

What is Quantum Physics? __ A good introduction to a topic that confuses some of the best of us. Clear and easily understood for those looking for basics. - From The Academy of Science of St. Louis -


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