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Weekend Project: Styrofoam Plate Speaker

Make a decent sounding speaker from a disposable styrofoam plate. EZ and cheap project with surprising results!
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The Physics of the Bullet Hitting a Merry Go Round - Wired Science

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Modeling Instruction in Physics on Vimeo

Modeling Instruction in Physics on Vimeo | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
This channel showcases teachers using Modeling Instruction (and other reformed physics teaching methods) in their classrooms. Instead of relying on lectures…
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Journey in Technology: 21st Century Science Teaching: Getting Students beyond Formula Hunting Strategies

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A Teacher's Guide to Superconductivity for High School Students

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Background information, experiments and demos. A little outdated but still pretty good!

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Science Of NHL Hockey: Projectile Motion

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Projectile motion allows hockey players to shoot the puck with a high rate of precision
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Vernier Fan Attachment

How to construct and attach a constant force/acceleration fan attachment to a Vernier dynamics cart.
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Frank-Hertz experiment | Atomics | Physics experiments

Frank-Hertz experiment | Atomics | Physics experiments | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
J. Franck and G. Hertz in the years 1913-1914 made a series of experiments which demonstrate the existence of electron orbitals quantized energy levels.
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Physics In Flux » Unrolling Toilet Paper

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In his Dec. 17 Action-Reaction blog post titled "Falling Rolls," one of my heroes of physics instruction, Frank Noschese, details an exercise from Robert Ehrlich's book Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down.
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Interactive Examples

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Interactive Examples (IE's) are quantitative homework problems whose "help" comes in the form of more questions. Eventually, enough information is given in the helps to work the problems, but we hope that as students work their way through these examples, they acquire some better understanding of how to approach these kinds of problems. In particular, we hope that these examples help students learn to develop problem-solving strategies that are based on conceptual understanding rather than equation manipulation. In fact, once the student correctly answers the initial problem, we present a recap of the solution in terms of sequential conceptual, strategic and quantitative analyses. Following the recap, we ask the student some conceptual follow-up questions to test understanding.

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This Guy Reinvented the Wheel ... by Turning It Into a Cube

This Guy Reinvented the Wheel ... by Turning It Into a Cube | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Seriously.
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Introducing Newton's Laws with Learning Cycles / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff

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This exploratory’s emphasis is on the introduction of Newton's 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws. At each station students are asked to perform one or more activities and answer questions based on their observations. These stations use a variety of...
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Physics of Bird Migration - Untamed Science Video

You know it's spring when you see migratory birds returning from their wintering grounds. It's pretty incredible to think that some of them have crossed expa...
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Bullet Block Experiment

Higher: http://bit.ly/blockhigher Same height: http://bit.ly/SameHeight Lower: http://bit.ly/BlockLower Special Thanks to: Henry (MinutePhysics): http://www....
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AP PHYSICS RESOURCES

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AP PHYSICS RESOURCES
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AP Physics Summer Institute resources for Teaching and Learning AP Physics.

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Toys from Trash

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Gallery of Arvind Gupta's Fun Science Toys hosted at ArvindGuptaToys.com - Page by Samir Dhurde
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Lots and lots of toy ideas with easy directions to build them Most made from readily available materials (including trash!)

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A free body diagram challenge: the constant velocity buggy

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Here's a deceptively hard free body diagram problem: draw a free body diagram for a motorized cart moving at constant velocity. Even though these constant velocity buggies are staples of the first ...
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Interesting topic for discussion with AP students

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Physics Animations

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This website offers most interesting animated experiments and visualizations on physics with theoretical explanations.
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Superhero Science

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Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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How to Add Columns and Data Sets in Logger Pro

A second instructional video on how to make graphs in Logger Pro. Logger Pro is a simple but powerful application used for graphing and collecting data. You ...
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Glass Harp - pitch | Oscilations and waves | Physics experiments

Glass Harp - pitch | Oscilations and waves | Physics experiments | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Glass harp reportedly first built around 1730 in southern Germany. In the mid 18th century, became popular throughout Europe and became a common musical instrument.
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Physics Question of the Week: Topic Index

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Physics is filled with an almost infinite variety of problems and questions. Of course, in physics it is not sufficient to simply "guess" the answer, correct or not. In fact, one may even learn more about physics during the process of working through a problem even if the wrong conclusion is reached. A good argument about an interesting physics problem is one of the ways to learn the most about physics, and also helps to prepare you for marriage.

We will try to select questions that require perhaps more than the minimal amount of thought, in that there may be good reasons why any of the possible answers might be correct. The way to form a conclusion about such problems is to try to figure out what ideas or laws of physics are relevant, then try to figure out how they might be applied.

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NewtonsLawsForRotation

An introductory lecture on Newton's Laws for Rotation. The angular acceleration for several systems are determined using free body diagrams. This is similar ...
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Electric Circuits - starting at the end.

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We only have a couple weeks of class left, and there's not enough time to do the traditional Physics B sequence that I've used for electricity with my seniors that asked for a non-AP physics course...
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Quick and easy Stirling engine video plans - Scrap To Power

Quick and easy Stirling engine video plans -  Scrap To Power | PhysicsLearn | Scoop.it
Free plans for alternative energy generators, such as Stirling engines, wind, solar, and thermoelectric made from scrap re-purposed items.
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