The ComPADRE Collections

ComPADRE creates, hosts, and maintains collections of educational and community resources focused on the needs of specific audiences in Physics and Astronomy Education.

Explore our collections below, and find a resource right for you.

ComPADRE is a network of online resource collections and community web sites supporting physics and astronomy education.

Each ComPADRE collection contains a catalog of materials for teaching and learning that are selected by the editors for the target user community. The collections also provide information resources and community collaboration tools to support the needs of our users, usually in collaboration with partner physics and astronomy education projects.

Examples of resources and tools available in the ComPADRE network include:

  • Simulations, animations, and images illustrating physical systems and processes;
  • Student tutorials, activities, and labs designed to enhance student learning;
  • Results of physics education research that describe best practices in science education;
  • Content support for teachers new to physics, or new to a particular topic in physics;
  • Databases of research opportunities for students and teachers;
  • Topical collections of resources organized for teaching standard physics concepts;
  • Physics education conference web sites with abstracts, presentations, and papers.

We welcome you to browse our collections to find resources that will help you:

Your help with improving ComPADRE, through resource submissions, comments or ratings, and feedback, is greatly appreciated.

ComPADRE has 3 collections of particular interest to students:

The Nucleus
The Nucleus is focused on providing resources for physics students and student clubs throughout the US.
- Nucleus Homepage
- Student Clubs
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Summer Research Opportunities
- Textbook Reviews

Physics Careers Resource
The Physics Careers Resource provides information about physics careers and physicists with students and those that advise and mentor students.
- The Physics Careers Resource Homepage
- Physicist Profiles
- Educational Institutions Map
- Physicist Employers Map

The Physics Classroom
The Physics Classroom provides students with a complete online tutorial for topics covered in high school physics courses.
- The Physics Classroom Tutorial
- Multimedia Physics Studios


Other collections of interest include:

Physics to Go
Physics to Go is a free monthly online magazine full of fun physics images, articles, and activities.
- The Physics to Go Homepage
- Physics in Your World
- Physics Research
- Physics at Home
- Worth a Look

The PSRC
The Physical Sciences Resource Center provides a broad range of resources for all audiences.
- The PSRC Homepage
- Browse the PSRC for Resources

Adopt-a-Physicist
Adopt-a-Physicist connects high school physics students to physicists via online discussion forums.
- The Adopt-a-Physicist Homepage

ComPADRE has 3 collections of particular interest to teachers:

The Physics Front
The Physics Front provides links to high-quality lesson plans, activites, labs, and assessments for K-12 physics teachers. A section of the site is devoted to organizing resources into curricular units.
- The Physics Front Homepage
- Topics & Units

Physics to Go
Physics to Go is a free monthly online magazine full of fun physics images, articles, and activities.
- The Physics to Go Homepage
- Physics in Your World
- Physics Research
- Physics at Home
- Worth a Look

Adopt-a-Physicist
Adopt-a-Physicist connects high school physics students to physicists via online discussion forums. Students can find out about the careers, backgrounds, and lives of current physicists.
- The Adopt-a-Physicist Homepage


Other collections of interest include:

The Physics Classroom
The Physics Classroom provides a complete online tutorial for high school physics courses. It is great for students looking for extra help.
- The Physics Classroom Tutorial
- Multimedia Physics Studios

The PSRC
The Physical Sciences Resource Center provides a broad range of resources for all audiences.
- The PSRC Homepage
- Browse the PSRC for Resources

The PSRC
The Physical Sciences Resource Center provides a broad range of educational resources for all audiences.
- The PSRC Homepage
- Browse the PSRC for Resources

PhysTEC
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition is an organization of more than 100 colleges and universities dedicated to the improvement of K-12 physics and physical science teacher preparation.
- The PhysTEC Homepage
- PhysTEC Member Institutions
- Conferences & Workshops
- Professional Development Opportunities for Physics Teachers

Open Source Physics
The OSP Collection provides simulations and interactive, editable physics curricular resources. Source code and modeling tools are also provided.
- The OSP Homepage
- OSP Simulations
- OSP Programming Overview
- OSP Development Tools

uCOMP
The uCOMP Collections provides resources and simulations to illustrate computational physics in a range of courses.
- The uCOMP Homepage

PER User's Guide
The PER User's Guide is a resource for physics educators to learn how to teach more effectively by applying the results of physics education research (PER) and teaching methods based on these results.
- The PER User's Guide Homepage
- PER Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about PER
- Learning about Teaching Physics Podcasts

Advanced Labs
The AAPT Advanced Labs collection is devoted to physics laboratories appropriate beyond the first year of university.
- Advanced Labs Homepage
- 2009 Topical Conference on Advanced Laboratories

Astronomy Center
The Astronomy Center provides resources for Introductory Astronomy courses.
- Astronomy Center Homepage

The Physics Source
The Physics Source provides resources for introductory college-level physics courses. It includes curriculum support, reference material, and pedagogical content.
- The Physics Source Homepage
- PER-Support Materials

The Quantum Exchange
The Quantum Exchange provides resources for Quantum Physics courses.
- The Quantum Exchange Homepage

Statistical and Thermal Physics
The STP collection provides simulations and a textbook for Statistical and Thermal Physics courses.
- The STP Homepage
- Shared Resources

The Spacetime Emporium
The Spacetime Emporium is a collection of information and resources for anyone interested in Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity.
- The Spacetime Emporium Homepage