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- Roller Coaster Tycoon
- Windows 98/95
*14 roller coaster styles that can be constructed in unlimited
*Accurate motion dynamics and physics
*Excitement and nausea ratings
*A variety of rides, shops, decorations, landscapes, and
*Track your financial performance to avoid bankruptcy
There's also the Roller Coaster Tycoon Expansion Pack.
Come explore the science and technology of Fermilab by playing
games that are online versions of the Quarks to Quasars exhibits.
Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Physics, The University of
Virginia, will answer your questions about the world of physics.
He also has a large resource of previously asked questions.
The Elements of Machines
These devices were all in common use for centuries before Leonardo's
time. Each one makes work easier to do by providing some trade-off
between the force applied and the distance over which the force
This is a series of experiments about simple machines: levers,
wheels and inclined planes. This unit was designed for use in
the third grade.
Accelerator Virtual Visitors Center
Anyone with an interest in the science we study at Stanford Linear
Accelerator Center and the tools we use in that study is invited
to explore this web site.
in Physical Science
The purpose of these free online lessons is to give you a start
at improving your scientific knowledge. The material combines
physics and chemistry fundamentals in a way that will allow you
to excel in future science studies and even become a scientific
ABC's of Nuclear Science
Take a 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.
Robyn Rindge (Class of '98) drew these rotating molecules using
Infini-D (MetaCreations). Stills of each animated GIF file are
shown. Click on a picture to link to a page with the downloadable
GIF file and a short discussion of the molecule.
Some molecules come in mirror-image pairs ... a right-handed
one and a left-handed one. Smithsonian site intended for students
5th grade and up with adult supervision.
An award-winning site that introduces the theory of fundamental
particles and forces, called the Standard Model. For teens.
Radiation Detection and Experimentation Page
Make your own geiger counter. Check for radiation in your home
Amusement Park Physics
Amusement park rides use physics laws to simulate danger, while
the rides themselves are typically very safe.
Vollis Simpson is an artist who creates kinetic sculptures and
whirligigs. He uses bearings in all of his spinning pieces so
that they move smoothly. The experiment on this site is a nice
introduction to friction and bearings.
See how strong a structure you can build using toothpicks and
gumdrops or minimarshmellows.
Your Own Pinwheel
Print out, color, and assemble a delightful, working pinwheel
to blow in the wind.
Make Your Own
If you're a going to attempt to make your own lamp, we have all
the formulas here. First I should say that the experience can
be fun but it is not neccessarily cheap. As a matter of fact,
just buying a new lamp is probably cheaper.
Our fourth grade class designed and built mini-mini golf courses
as part of our Inventions exhibit. We investigated the physics
of miniature golf and experimented with mechanics and simple
A great way for you and your family to have fun while you explore
leading-edge materials science. Highly animated and interactive.
You'll love it!
Around the World
Build bridges and skyscrapers, well, small versions, using materials
found around the house. From the Exploratorium.
A free, comprehensive on-line cybertext in studio and field production.
After taking this course, apply to your local community cable
television studio. Often they will hire teen volunteers.
Water Balloons: The Physics of Projectile Motion
Projectile motion is explained and illustrated nicely. Best of
all is the extremely clever interactive game of water balloons.
Succeeding at the game is dependent upon understanding the concepts
of projectile motion as presented by the web site.
An exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation.
A free physics textbook online. The book is written to be entertaining,
surprising and challenging on every page. With little mathematics,
the text explores the most fascinating parts of mechanics, thermodynamics,
special and general relativity, electrodynamics, quantum theory
and modern attempts at unification.
The Physics Classroom
Study physics along with Glenbrook South High School's physics
Learn basic physics concepts and review them in the Physics Tutorial.
Is physics difficult for you to visualize? Do you need to see
it to understand it? Hone your skills by graphing problems, recognizing
forces, identifying vector magnitude and direction, and practice
Physics Teaching Technology Resource
Engages students from middle school to college in the process of physics using over 200 videos of real-life physics experiments. You will gather information from the each video and answer some questions about what you observed. (Found in Science Magazine.)
A series of lectures by the renowned, late Caltech physicist Richard Feynman is now available online from Microsoft Research. Allow time for the enhanced video to load. Searchable content available.
Demonstration of Bernoulli's Principle
A cutout view of a rectangular pipe is shown here, with fluid
flowing through it from left to right. This pipe demonstrates
the physics of fluid flow and Bernoulli's Principle.
Mac & Win. Demo software available. A simulator for Middle
and High school and college physics courses.
Exploratorium Science Snacks
These pages are full of Snacks...but they're not the kind you
eat. They're the kind you can learn from and have fun with. Most
The Falling Chimney
When a chimney falls, it is known to break at a certain point before it hits the ground. The complete details of the theory, and of our experiments with toy models.
Pizza Pan Egg Drop
You can test motions of a pizza pan, toilet paper tubes, and
eggs using a broom handle to apply force.
If you start a Foucault Pendulum swinging in one direction, after
a few hours you will notice that it is swinging in a quite different
direction. How does this happen?
a Boy Scout makes fire without matches
Five things are necessary to produce a rubbing-stick fire: a
drill or spindle, a fire-block or hearth, a hand-socket, a bow,
and tinder. A demostration of heat generated by friction.
Learn Physics Using Java
Physics Java Applets by C.K.Ng, a high school physics teacher
in Hong Kong, China. Experiment with mechanics, light waves,
electronics, and electromagnetism.
Shop of Physics
Real time online experiments you can do right now.
Laws of Motion
Understanding the forces behind objects at rest and objects in
Oil Well Drilling Blowout Simulator
This experience illustrates one of the major risks in drilling
an oil well, a Blowout, which occurs when gas pressure
inside the well suddenly forces out the oil.
Physics Experiments with the Slinky
Watch wave forms with your toy slinky while you listen to the "Slinky" song. Words to the Slinky song. Buy a Slinky!
Resources for Studying Physics
- Physics Solar Workshop
- by Thames & Kosmos
- * Build different types of vehicles and machines to demonstrate how gears can convert and transform power for different needs
- * Includes 320 parts, which are also compatible with other Thames & Kosmos Physics kits
- * Developed with Greenpeace in Germany
- * Full-color, 64-page experiment manual
- * For ages 8 to 12 years
- Original Metal Slinky
- by Slinky
- For Ages 5 and Up. Everyone wants a Slinky-since 1945! Juggle, jiggle, flip, walk, bounce and spring the Slinky! Watch the metal Slinky walk its way down inclines or just juggle it back and forth in your hands. Toy that teaches physics intuitively.
Books from Amazon
- The Physics of Superheroes
by James Kakalios
- James Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroesÄand discovers that in many cases the comic writers got their science surprisingly right.
- Real Science-4-Kids Physics, Level 1
by Rebecca W. Keller
- written at a 4th and 5th grade level, presents college level
physics in a way children can understand. Concepts included are:
Laws of physics and the scientific method; force, work and energy;
potential and kinetic energy; motion; chemical and electrical
energy; current, magnets and electromagnets; light and sound
energy; and conservation of energy.
Janice Vancleave's Physics for Every Kid
101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound
Janice Pratt VanCleave
This is a physics experiment book designed for children in grades
4 to 6. Young children will be able to complete the experiments
with adult supervision. Older children can easily follow the
step-by-step instructions with little or no assistance.
Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down
Zen and the Art of Physics Demonstrations
Also: Terminal Velocity of Falling Coffee Filters; Spinning a
Penny; Dropping Two Rolls of Toilet Paper; Avalanches in a Sand
Pile; When to Add the Cream to Your Coffee; Deep Knee Bends on
a Bathroom Scale; Recoil Force on a Bent Straw; Swinging Your
Arms While Walking; Estimating the Net Force on a Moving Book.
Turning the World Inside Out and 174 Other Simple Physics
by Robert Ehrlich, Jearl Walker
Here is a collection of physics demonstrations costing very little
to produce yet illustrating key concepts in amazingly simple
and playful ways.
The Standard Deviants - Physics Parts 1 &
Only the most intense science geeks have ever considered physics
entertaining, but the Standard Deviants, undaunted as ever, do
their best to make serious science fun to watch, and therefore
memorable, in this two-hour presentation.
Way Things Go
- Fischli and Weiss use all forms of matter, fire, water, and
gravity to effect the forward motion (illustrated by transformations,
propagation, reactions, and kinetics) of contraptions and such,
resulting in constantly evolving concept of one thing leading
to another, or, to put it another way, an artistic representation
of cause and effect.
- Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos
- by Isaac Asimov
- This book reveals a part of Isaac Asimov that I have never realized before: the Detective. His journey across the subatomic cosmos is that of a detective, whether he is analyzing electrons, light, neutrons, quasars, antimatter, neutrinos, interactions, or the universe.