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# Exploring balanced forces and the nature of locality with slinkies

I started this blog 2 years ago to mostly record the things I was doing in my physics classes. It’s been quite some time since I’ve written anything about physics teaching, so I thought...
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# PhysicsLearn

Connections to learning resources for physics teachers and students
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## Static electricity: how does it work?

We've probably all heard explanations about how static electricity builds up …
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## STEM14

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The  technology and digital tools to help students develop scientific reasoning skills as described by the AP Science Practices.

Resources and examples of students' work.

Presentation at NSTA STEM Forum & Expo 2014

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## Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown by a Balloon and a Minivan

If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it.
John Myrick's curator insight,

Really fun!

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## How One Teacher Is Making High School--and Physics--Fun by Gamifying The Classroom

Shawn Young turned physics class into a role-playing game, and now he's made the game available to teachers everywhere.
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## Roller Coasters

Many extreme roller coaster these days have vertical loops. Have you noticed that these loops are never circular? Why is this?

They all, also, seem to have the same similar ‘inverted teardrop’ appearance. Why is this?

Clearly there is the same physics and mathematics involved in their designs. Let’s take a look and see if we can derive a formula to describe their shape.

Why are roller coaster loops not circular?

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## Physics demonstrations: rolling uphill

Some of the best and most enjoyable demonstrations of physics principles can be put together quite readily with very cheap materials.  A good example of this was the simple version of the Magdeburg...
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Simple hack turns RaspPi into an FM transmitter with a 100 meter range. Broadcast your favorite music throughout your house, dorm, or football field.
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## Can You Solve This? - YouTube

Can you figure out the rule? Did you see the exponents pattern? http://youtu.be/AVB8vRC6HIY Why do you make people look stupid? http://bit.ly/12Fmlpl How do ...
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## The Arsenal

The gear behind the sports of the Winter Games.
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## Day 106: Rotational Motion Unit

Today we started rotational motion in Honors Physics. We haven't taught this topic for five year, and I'm thrilled its back in the curriculum. We're trying to approach it in a modeling-centric mann...
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## If you can fall for the length of a football field at 60 miles per hour, you can be a ski jumper

Gravity is defeated, for a beat or two, when it all works perfectly, and "it’s a great feeling because you can just float," says Jessica Jerome of the United States, who will be competing in the first women's ski jumping competition at an Olympics.
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## Felix Baumgartner's Disorienting and Amazing Fall From Space

What it feels like to step out into Earth's atmosphere.
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I once made a jump of 17 000 feet while serving with the US Army, What Felix did was go 10 time higher!!!!

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## Flappy Bird Physics Is Real Life

If you don't already know, Flappy Bird is the hot new mobile game right now. The premise is simple: navigate the bird through the gaps between the green pipes. Tapping the screen gives a slight upw...
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## How to Integrate Measurement and Uncertainty

There are three distinct steps to integrating effective measurement technique into science instruction, and this module contains material and examples for each step. Step1: Teach the basic elements of effective ...
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## The Physics of Spider-Man’s Webs | Science Blogs | WIRED

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of Spider-Man is his ability to shoot webs. But what are all the forces, tensile strengths, and other actions of these webs? Here, we break down the physics behind Spidey's iconic webbing.
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Hmm... I'll bet I can expand on this one for a post on Tekrighter's Science Blog this week!

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## Pyro Board: 2D Rubens' Tube! - YouTube

Standing waves of fire! Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe Fysikshow: http://bit.ly/Fysikshow - I'm hosting Michio Kaku in Brisbane and Melbourne: ht...
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## McCulley's HTML 5 Physics Lab Simulations

The simulations listed below were written to work on computers, tablets, phones and other handheld devices with HTML 5 capable browsers. All functionality for these programs comes from using the mouse or the touch screen an no keyboard usage is required.

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## Basic Saucer Physics (a video response) - YouTube

This is not part of the actual course about humans. It's rather a video response to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0SZZTBQmEs, an earthling video about the ...
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## The Chain Fountain, Explained

A startling video of a long bead chain spilling out of a container and rising into the air provided an intriguing puzzle for two Cambridge physicists.
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## 'Gravity' - NASA's Real-Life Images from Space

NASA images of the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, NASA astronauts and various images of Earth captured from space. Credit: NASA
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## Student Video Library

Jump down to: One Dimensional Motion | Two Dimensional Motion | Forces and Motion | Rotation | Impulse and Momentum | Energy | Simple Harmonic Motion | Sound | Light One-Dimensional Motion How fast is that? (July ...
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## Confusion Regarding Newton's Third Law of Motion

Recently on the Modeling Instruction listserv there was a discussion about difficulties that students have with Newton's Third Law and how teachers might best address these difficulties. It appeare...
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## Animating a Bouncing Ball - Wired Science

Here are three different ways to animate a bouncing ball. Which one looks the best?
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## Sport Activity Packs | OLE Community Blog

In our Olympic Sport Activity Packs you’ll find everything you need to teach your students about four of the top events at this year’s winter Olympic games. Each sport contains an overview and history of the sport, featured athletes, competing countries, and a primary and secondary Authentic Learning lesson plan.

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## Physics of Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics events offer the perfect opportunity to bring the excitement of the sport into your classroom and, at the same time, demonstrate the physics behind each event. With so much content related to physics and sports, we’ve recently created a resource page, entitled "The Physics of Winter Olympic Sports". You’ll discover content from AAPT journals on the physics of hockey, skating, curling, and so much more. These articles are available free for current members and subscribers.

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