American Institute of Physics news (part 1)
- Feb 24, 2004 at 10:42AM
Virtual study lounge: physics students study, meet in the Nucleus
College Park, MD (February 23, 2003) – Where can you access the latest in physics research and also vote on the best version of The Matrix?
College students can check out the Nucleus, a website that offers free interactive activities to help students share physics ideas.
"Our site doesn't really have any competitors," said technical lead Thad Lurie. "We just thought about the kinds of things physics students like to do, and made it happen."
In the Nucleus, physics and astronomy students will find polls, reviews of college level textbooks, contests, job postings, the latest physics news, and even haikus.
"It was fun to see the responses from other colleges and to see some of the similarities. U. Louisville has a professor that was referred to as 'the man,' while we at Juniata also have a professor who can be referred to only as 'the man'," said user Michael Best, a student at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, via email. "Beyond using the Nucleus as a research tool for summer employment, I have also used it as research for classes. The links section has several pages that are full of figures that I have included in lab reports and presentations."
"Without the interactions, we're a site providing useful content," said Lurie. "WITH the interactions, there is so much more - sure, we still have the content, but now we also have other students' opinions about the content, discussions about the content, questions about the content, materials that are related to the content."