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AP Physics Websites

All Links are live – as of 7/26/06


AP Physics B – Delores Gende (Reader & Test Development Committee)
http://www.apphysicsb.homestead.com/index.html

AP Physics B – Jeff Adkins


http://homepage.mac.com/astronomyteacher/dvhs/apphysics.html
Assignments & Links

AP Physics C – Feulner & Nasser


http://www.hwscience.com/physics/apphysicsc.html
Mechanics & E and M
Handouts
labs
homework

AP Physics C – Marymount School of New York


http://www.marymount.k12.ny.us/marynet/studentresources/science/apc/htm/apci.htm
AP Physics C
Simple layout – easy to follow
syllabus
class notes
handouts
resources

AP Physics East Chapel Hill High School


http://echhs.chccs.k12.nc.us/~bmiller/index_files/page0002.htm
Links B & C
Curriculum
Lab Reports

Faraday Lecture Program – Rutgers


http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/FARADAY.HTML
http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/Far99prog7-14-00.htm
http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/ - his basic website/syllabi
Demos
Pictures/Video Explanations

Physics Illustrations – Thinking about Physics


http://www.amherst.edu/~physicsqanda/index.html

Applet City! All of these sites offer an array of Java/Flash/HTML applets on a variety of topics. Should play on all browser
types.
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/phet/web-pages/index.html - AP B site
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/phet/web-pages/simulations-base.html
http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e/ - AP B site
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/students/index.html
http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/
http://falstad.com/mathphysics.html
http://falstad.com/pong/
http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/home.html
http://www.hazelwood.k12.mo.us/~grichert/sciweb/applets.html
http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets.html

Demos
http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/demobook/intro.htm - General
Graphing X-V-A (Simultaneous Graphing of displacement, velocity, and acceleration with student determined variables)
http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e/acceleration.htm

Noise cancellation information


http://www.val.me.vt.edu/

Demonstrations
http://www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem/services/demos/mainindex.htm

Not school appropriate – but good trebuchets!


http://www.fortheloveofbeer.com.au/

School appropriate trebuchet – 3 games about projectile motion


http://www.globalspec.com/trebuchet/

Exploding Bananas
http://telcontar.net/Misc/Gorillas/
http://telcontar.net/Misc/Gorillas/readme.txt

Problems
http://webphysics.davidson.edu/
http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/Applets.html
http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/default.htm

Electrostatics
http://www.arborsci.com/coolstuff/cool18.htm

All topics
http://www.arborsci.com/coolstuff/Archives.htm

Journals
American Physics Teachers http://www.aapt.org/
The Physics Teacher http://scitation.aip.org/tpt/

Videos – Why stuff works


http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/mats/wg2002.html

Answers to Questions
http://www.physicscentral.com/
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/Index.cfm
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Physics Demonstrations
http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/demobook/intro.htm

Homework Service – Active Grading of student homework, Free!


https://hw.utexas.edu/bur/overview.html

Video – Powers of 10
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html

A list of lists
http://www.phys.unt.edu/~klittler/unt_physics_applets_links.html

humor
http://www.darwinawards.com/

AP Physics B – Reader person website


http://dgende.homestead.com/
Physics of Music
http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/music/

Stress vs. Strain Movie


http://web.umr.edu/~mecmovie/index.html

Concept Map of Physics


http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html

Semiconductors
http://jas.eng.buffalo.edu/

optics bench
http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/optics4/default.html

history of physics
http://www.aip.org/history/

West Point Bridge Contest


http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/

How Satellites Work


http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/satellites/orbit.html

Better Lab writing Skills


http://labwrite.ncsu.edu/index_labwrite.htm

pendulum lab
http://monet.physik.unibas.ch/~elmer/pendulum/index.html

friction lab
http://monet.physik.unibas.ch/~elmer/flab/

airplane wing applet


http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/foil2.html

young slit experiment


http://www.quantum-physics.polytechnique.fr/en/young.html
The links past this point has not been checked for if they are still “alive”
just a heads-up!
Physics Applets Links, Etc.

Measurement
Motion Forces Motion in the Heavens Work & Energy
Temperature & Heat Oscillations Waves & Wave Effects
Optics Electricity & Magnetism
Atomic Physics Nuclear Physics

This applet is absolutely "cool"!:


Virtual Scanning Electron Microscopy http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/electronmicroscopy/magnify1/index.html
(Choose from a list of animals ranging from a gecko's foot to a dust mite; adjust focus, contrast, brightness &
magnification)

Measurement

Powers of Ten beginning from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersoften/index.html

Significant Figures Drill: An tool for practicing significant figure counting.


http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/applist/sigfig/sig.htm

Measuring With Shadows http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/shadows/

Vector Arithmetic Java Visualization http://www.pa.uky.edu/~phy211/VecArith/index.html

Vernier Calipers: http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/ruler/vernier.html

Motion
Hot Wheels Track http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/kinema/avd.html

Animated vectors of a non-horizontally launched projectile or a horizontally launched projectile


http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/qt/vectors/nhlpmac.html

Projectile Motion: Height vs. Distance Graph (You vary the init. velocity/ angle, mass; w/ or w/o air resistance)
http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/ProjectileMotion/jarapplet.html

"The Bouncing Ball" (within an irregular box): http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/bounce1/index.html

The Plane and The Package http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/vectors/pap.html

The Truck and the Ball http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/vectors/tb.html

Forces
Newton's 1st Law:
The Truck and Ladder http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/newtlaws/il.html

Addition of Vectors http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/resultant.htm


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/resultant.htm

Equilibrium of Three Forces


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/equilibrium.htm

Balanced & Unbalanced Forces/ Terminal Velocity:


Skydiver http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/newtlaws/sd.html
Parachute Drop: http://freespace.virgin.net/gareth.james/virtual/Mechanics/Parachute/parachute.html

"The (2-dim) Spring Pendulum" http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/pend2/index.html

Centripetal Force: Model of a Carousel


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/carousel.htm

Air Track (1-Dim) Collisions: Elastic or Inelastic http://www.msu.edu/user/brechtjo/physics/airTrack/airTrack.html

Conservation of Linear Momentum:


Astronaut Catch http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/momentum/ast.html

Two-dimensional collisions: Vary the mass, initial direction


http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/Collision/jarapplet.html

Conservation of Linear Momentum & Conservation of Energy: Newton's Cradle www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/newtonscradle.htm

Motion in the Heavens


Newton's Cannon http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/newt/newtmtn.html

Orbits: Gravitational http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/orbits.html

Your Weight on any planet! http://library.thinkquest.org/27585/lab/sim_surface.html

Phases of the Moon: http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/java/MoonPhase.html

Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html

Phases of Venus - very nice - has adjustable viewing angle


http://Galileo.phys.Virginia.EDU/classes/109N/more_stuff/flashlets/PhasesofVenus.htm

Eclipse Of The Moon http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/lunar/

Solar Eclipse http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/solar/

Work & Energy


Roller Coaster http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/qt/energy/coastwin.html

Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/energy/se.html

Two Dimensional Collision Between Two Cars http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/momentum/2di.html

Temperature & Heat


Brownian Motion http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/gas2D/gas2D.html

Another Brownian Motion http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/brownian/brownian.html

How Cold is Cold? http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/bec/temperature.html

Evaporative Cooling: See how evaporative cooling works, both in your coffee cup and in Bose-Einstein Condensation.
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/bec/evap_cool.html

Water in a Microwave: This applet demonstrates how a microwave field makes a water molecule oscillate back and forth,
leading to heating in food. http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/h2o.html

UNT's CooLN2 Car: http://www.mtsc.unt.edu/CooLN2Car.html


Oscillations
Mass on a Spring: Plots displacement, velocity, (restoring) force, acceleration of a mass on a spring. You can vary the
mass, amplitude, and spring constant http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/phe/springpendulum.htm

Pendulum: Plots displacement, velocity, (restoring) force, acceleration of a mass on a spring. You can vary the mass,
amplitude, and spring constant http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/phe/pendulum.htm

Coupled Pendula
http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/cpendula.htm

Waves & Wave Effects


Tuning Forks and Longitudinal Waves http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/waves/tfl.html

Standing Wave Formation


http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/waves/swf.html

Standing Longitudinal Waves


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/stlwaves.htm

Adding Simple Waves I


http://www.physics.nwu.edu/ugrad/vpl/waves/superposition1.html

Adding Simple Waves II


http://www.physics.nwu.edu/ugrad/vpl/waves/superposition2.html

Wave Superposition/ Compound Waves: Group Velocity and Phase Velocity


http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/sines/GroupVelocity.html

Reflection and Refraction of Waves: Explanation by Huygens' Principle


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/huygensengl.htm

Doppler effect: Moving point source (includes Shock waves)


http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/Doppler/Doppler.html

An Example of Doppler Effect


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/dopplerengl.htm

Electromagnetic Waves:
Propagation of electromagnetic wave http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/emWave/emWave.html

Optics
Optical Accommodation of Eye Lens
http://users.erols.com/renau/eye_applet.html

Reflection/ Refraction:
Image Formation for Plane Mirrors http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/optics/ifpm.html

Reflection/refraction (water/air interface) http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/light/flashLight.html

Reflection and Refraction of Waves: Explanation by Huygens' Principle


http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/huygensengl.htm

How A Compact Disc Works http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/cd/

Single-Slit Diffraction: Vary wavelength (dolor) and/ or slit width


http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/slitdiffr/index.html
Interference:
Young's Two Slit Experiment: Play with the classic "two slit" experiment using lasers to show interference patterns.
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/twoslitsa.html

Wave Interference: Stretch and shift two waves and see how they add together to interfere both constructively and
destructively. http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/fourier.html

2-Point Source Interference Patterns: Changing Separation Distance


http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/waves/ipd.html

Simple Ray Tracing Animations:

Image Formation and Human Vision http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/eyeball/

Concave Mirror Ray Diagrams:


Object Located Beyond the Center of Curvature
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/optics/rdcma.html
Object Located at the Center of Curvature
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/optics/rdcmb.html
Object Located Between Center of Curvature and the Focal Point
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/optics/rdcmc.html
Object Located In Front of Focal Point
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/optics/rdcmd.html

Ray Tracing Animations: You control object size and position, etc:
Mirror Ray Tracing: Concave or Convex http://www.physics.nwu.edu/ugrad/vpl/optics/mirrors.html
http://www.physics.nwu.edu/ugrad/vpl/optics/mirrors.html
Diverging Mirror: http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/dmirr/index.html

Geometrical Construction of Ray Diagrams (w/ detail & adjustable parameters)


http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/components/characteristicrays/index.html

Magnifying with a Bi-Convex Lens http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/magnify/

Lens Ray Tracing: Concave or Convex http://www.physics.nwu.edu/ugrad/vpl/optics/lenses.html


Converging Lens: http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/clens/index.html
Diverging Lens: http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/dlens/index.html
Thin Lens or Mirror Ray Tracing http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/~hwang/Lens/lens_e.html

Color:
RGB Lighting: A set of three lights shine on a person and cast shadows of the person on a screen in the background. Turn
the various lights on and off and observe how the colors of the shadows
change.http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/shwave/lights.html
Electricity & Magnetism

"Visualizing Electricity and Magnetism at MIT" site: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/


Formats include mpeg animations, shockwaves, Java 3D applets, etc.
Categories are:

Vector Fields: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/index.htm


Electrostatics: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm
Magnetostatics: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/magnetostatics/index.htm
Faraday's Law: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/faraday/index.htm
Light (EM waves): http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/light/index.htm

Dipole Molecule in a Changing Field: See conceptually how the electromagnetic field of one charge will move a dipole
molecule (water) around like a compass needle. http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/h2ob.html
Charging a Two-Sphere System by Induction: Using a Negatively-Charged Object
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/estatics/itsn.html

Grounding a Positively-Charged Electroscope http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/estatics/gep.html

Charging an Electrophorus Plate by Induction http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/estatics/epn.html

Using a Negatively-Charged Object http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/mmedia/estatics/epn.html

Lightning: An Example Of A Natural Capacitor http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/lightning/

Resistance at the Molecular (Atomic?) Level http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/filamentresistance/

Kirchhoff's Rules (Circuit 1) http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/kirch5/index.html

Ohm's Law http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/ohmslaw/

Variable Capacitors: Tuning A Radio Receiver http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/radio/

Induced magnetic field influences the direction of the compass needle


http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/compass/

Pulsed Magnets http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/pulsedmagnet/

Crooke's Tube: Cathode Rays http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/crookestube/

How A Metal Detector Works: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/detector/

Faraday's Magnetic Field Induction Experiment


http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/faraday/
or http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/faraday2/

Lenz's Law http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/lenzlaw/

DC Generator Action http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/generator/dc.html

AC Generator Action http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/generator/ac.html

Transformer http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/transformer/

Building A Transistor: How an individual Field Effect (FET) transistor is fabricated on a silicon wafer
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/transistor/

Electromagnetic Wave http://home.a-city.de/walter.fendt/physengl/emwave.htm

Atomic Physics
Absorption and Emission of Radiation (Photon) by an Atom
http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/java/atomphoton/index.html

Atomic Spectra http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/quantumzone/atomic_spectra.html

X-Rays and CAT Scans http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/xray/index.html

MRI Tutor http://128.227.164.224/mritutor/index.html

The Whole Brain Atlas http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html


Fluoroscope: A fun demonstration of what it looks like to "see" in the x-ray portion of the spectrum.
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/xray.html

Schrödinger & Bohr Atomic Models: A side-by-side comparison of the Schrödinger and Bohr models of the hydrogen atom
and how it absorbs and emits photons. http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/schroedinger.html

Nuclear Physics
The Rutherford Experiment http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/rutherford/

Rutherford Scattering: Thomson Model of an Atom vs. The Nuclear Model


Thomson Model: http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/rutherford/rutherford2.html
Nuclear Model: http://www.phys.virginia.edu/classes/109N/more_stuff/Applets/rutherford/rutherford.html

The Particle Adventure: An interactive tour of quarks, antimatter, neutrinos, the fundamental force, dark matter,
accelerators, and particle detectors. http://ParticleAdventure.org/

Fusion - Physics of a fundamental energy source http://FusEdWeb.pppl.gov/CPEP/Chart.html

Nuclear Science: The ABC's of nuclear science: antimatter, betarays, cosmic connection, and more.
http://www.lbl.gov/abc/