Our Top Picks Archive - Page 2
Heat & Temperature Units: Physical Science - Apr 21, 2012
Editors' top picks to build conceptual understanding of heat and how it differs from temperature.
Wave Energy: High School Physics Units - Mar 7, 2012
Want to go beyond the textbook and teach more about the nature and behavior of waves? See multimedia resources on mechanical waves, reflection/refraction, frequency/amplitude, interference, and the physics of sound.
Teaching Electricity in the Middle Grades - Feb 15, 2012
Electricity -- it can be both invisible and visible, both matter and energy, a type of wave made of protons or a force that cannot be seen. Help your students understand electricity more deeply with simulations, models, and animations.
Light and Matter Interactions - Scaffolded Simulations - Feb 15, 2012
This is one of our favorite resources for helping students visualize the interactions of light with matter. They will view models, create virtual photon beams, and generate an absorption spectrum.
This simple activity addresses a number of national science standards in a fun and engaging way. Expect lively discussions about the implications of intelligent robots, which helps students realize that a valid hypothesis takes into account not only relevant facts, but also the future consequences of a proposed action.
Physical Science: Teaching About Energy - Nov 14, 2011
Understanding the Law of Conservation of Energy and energy transfer is easier if students can view models or simulations and create dynamic charts to view the processes in action. This is a set of editor-selected web resources to help teachers embed these resources into lessons.
Physics First: Measurement and the Language of Physics - Sep 1, 2011
On this page, you'll find 30+ of our favorite resources for teaching a unit on measurement. All are appropriate for a Physics First course.
Kinematics -- The Physics of Motion - Sep 1, 2011
On this page, you'll find a focused "mini-collection" for high school physics on the topic of motion. It contains 60+ of our favorite online resources for teaching about graphing, vectors, motion in 1 and 2 dimensions, circular motion, and frames of reference. You can find lesson plans, simulations/animations, interactive tutorials, labs, and content support.
Teachable Moments: The 2011 Japan Earthquake - Mar 17, 2011
Compelling collection of resources on the recent earthquake/tsunami that struck northern Japan. You'll find tectonic maps, computer animations, seismograms, aerial and ground photos, Power Point slides for teachers, news footage, and preliminary rupture models.
Noise Generated Ocean Waves - Mar 1, 2011
Understanding optical rogue waves can help to explain the oceanic phenomenon. It could, in the future, enable us to predict when and where oceanic waves form. Read more about this strange phenomenon.