Benjamin Franklin and Electrostatics - May 1, 2006
Franklin's contribution to the understanding of electricity. Writings and historical observations are integrated with lab descriptions to provide insight into his work. Videos of some of the experiments are also included.
Maria Mitchell - May 1, 2006
Learn about Maria Mitchell, highly regarded 19th century astronomer, comet discoverer, and first Vassar College faculty member. You can read a brief bio and see links to more information.
Physics in Action: Black Holes - Jan 1, 2006
Find out how stars die, how what happens to them depends on their mass, and how very large stars can become black holes, which have such strong gravity that not even light can escape its overpowering pull. You'll also learn how black holes are detected.
Hubblesite Discoveries - Oct 1, 2005
This site, produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, is terrific. The featured videos, "Piercing the Sky" and "Cosmic Collision," are informative and beautifully produced. In the "Fun" section, you can see a map of the world and find the point where the Hubble is directly overhead, and you can add the sun and various artificial satellites. This map is animated, and every thirty seconds or so, the icons move on the globe to keep up-to-date. Another feature, "Skywatch," is a podcast that tells what's in the night sky and what's interesting out there in the solar system. And there are more Fun features . . .
Physics is Phun - Sep 1, 2005
Physics is Phun is a set of mobile physics demonstration shows put on by the University of Maryland. Each show begins with a hands-on interactive segment as the guests arrive, lasting from about 6.45 until 7:30 each evening, and a lecture\demonstration, lasting from 7:30 until about 8:45. There are a variety of topics, and each program is customized for the particular audience.
Physics in Action: Catch an Earthquake - Feb 1, 2005
Find out why geophysicists predicted another
Physics Circus - Apr 19, 2004
Our students take a collection of physics