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Standing Waves like you've never seen them before [w/video] / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff

Standing Waves like you've never seen them before [w/video] / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Standing waves are a common phenomenon usually shown through the vibrations of bridges or springs. Horizontal standing waves are produced in a lab by students shaking cords, springs and bungee cords. However, standing waves can also be produced in a vertical fashion by a single student. Using the new nylon Spring Wave, students are able to produce vertical standing waves easily and calculate the speed of the spring. This is a great little "twist" on the age-old standing wave lab that you have in your arsenal.
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Behind the Scenes with Light & Color: 10 Great Demos / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff

Behind the Scenes with Light & Color: 10 Great Demos / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Did you know the yellow you see on your smart phone doesn't actually contain the color yellow? It's true! Watch this revealing video to see this - AND 9 more great demos that show there's more to studying light and color than meets the eye.
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How Would Football Work if You Played It on Mars?

How Would Football Work if You Played It on Mars? | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
When humans bring the gridiron to Mars, it'll be football, Jim---but not as we know it.
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Could High-Dive Jumpers Leap Over This Whole Pool?

Could High-Dive Jumpers Leap Over This Whole Pool? | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
This video shows some people jumping off a high dive. Is it possible they could jump fast enough to miss the pool?
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Waves: An Interactive Tutorial

Waves: An Interactive Tutorial | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it

This online book uses a series of tutorials based on interactive simulations and animations to explore the physics of waves. Students develop their understanding of waves through guided questions and exercises based on these simulations.

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Circuits and Charges: A Physics Active Exam

Circuits and Charges: A Physics Active Exam | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
This fall, I will be starting my 2nd year at a really cool progressive day school in NYC. The science curriculum is in the process of evolving, but the current program has 9th and 10th graders rota...
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The Physics Video Vault

The Physics Video Vault | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
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Matt Blackman ‏@UniverseAndMore has collected videos on a variety of units in physics.

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How Physics Explains Thor's Hammer And Captain America's Shield

How Physics Explains Thor's Hammer And Captain America's Shield | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theaters Friday. To get prepped, I talked to Professor Jim Kakalios of the University of Minnesota, who researches nanocrystalline semiconductors by day and is the au...
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The mystery of the magnetic train

The mystery of the magnetic train | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
This past week, thanks to Laughing Squid and other sources, a lot of people watched and were amazed by this simple demonstration of electromagnetism in action. It is billed as the "world's simplest...
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The Science of 'Interstellar' Explained (Infographic)

The Science of 'Interstellar' Explained (Infographic) | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Wormhole travel across the universe and supergiant black holes are just some of the wonders seen in the film 'Interstellar.' See how the film's astrophysics works in this Space.com infographic.
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Blue Physics

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Blue Physics by David Derbes is a free textbook (PDF), released under a Creative Commons license.

It is intended to be a "teach yourself" text for adults, covering first year college physics.
Knowledge of high school algebra is a prerequisite; calculus is taught as needed.
No prior knowledge of physics is presumed.

The book has many historical notes and worked examples. Internal references are hyperlinked.

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The Physics of That Crazy Ricochet Hole in One at the Masters

The Physics of That Crazy Ricochet Hole in One at the Masters | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
During the 2016 US Masters Oosthuizen had a shot that deflected off another ball to result in a hole in one on a par 3. Here is a look at the physics of this event.
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About Foucault Pendulums

About Foucault Pendulums and how they prove the earths rotation - an animated, interactive web site created by the California Academy of Sciences. How Pendulums work.
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The "Physics Face-off" Activity

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× Students work in a friendly competition to solve challenging questions created by their peers in the Physics Face-off activityThe Physics Face-off is an activity where students use Direct Measurement ...
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Not just for smart dead guys

Not just for smart dead guys | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
A high-school physics teacher and his students recreate Henry Cavendish’s famous gravity experiment.
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Watch What Happens When You Fire A Ball At Sixty MPH Out Of A Truck Traveling Sixty MPH In The Opposite Direction

Watch What Happens When You Fire A Ball At Sixty MPH Out Of A Truck Traveling Sixty MPH In The Opposite Direction | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
In this clip from Mythbusters, the team demonstrates what happens when you fire a ball out of a cannon that is traveling the opposing way, but at the same velocity. If you think about it, it's pretty obvious. But however strong your logic (or even your mathematics and understanding of physics) is, it still doesn’t quite seem right when you see it through a high-speed camera. Next time, we want to see a bullet being fired from a rocket car.   
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Just How Tall Can Roller Coasters Get?

Just How Tall Can Roller Coasters Get? | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
On a giga coaster, altitude, rather than speed, has become the defining characteristic. We tested four of them.
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Teaching Students To Use Their Noodles

Teaching Students To Use Their Noodles | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
A summer program at Johns Hopkins University puts high schoolers' ingenuity to the test — building bridges out of nothing but spaghetti and glue.
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Football physics: The "impossible" free kick - Erez Garty

Football physics: The "impossible" free kick - Erez Garty | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
In 1997, Brazilian football player Roberto Carlos set up for a 35 meter free kick with no direct line to the goal. Carlos’s shot sent the ball flying wide of the players, but just before going out of bounds it hooked to the left and soared into the net. How did he do it? Erez Garty describes the physics behind one of the most magnificent goals in the history of football.
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Ideas to Review for AP 1 Test

Ideas to Review for AP 1 Test | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Below are a series of simulated situations used to illustrate major ideas in physics. Next to each link I give you a few things to consider as you explore the environment that was recreated in the program.
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Series of simulations that illustrate physics concepts. 

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Take a look at these questions, you will see something like this on tomorrows test. Good luck!

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.
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A Battery Doesn't Store Charge, But How Does It Work? | WIRED

A Battery Doesn't Store Charge, But How Does It Work? | WIRED | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
How does a battery work? Does it store electric charge? No. Here is a model that explains the workings of a battery.
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How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.”

This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the
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