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PhET HTML5 Simulations: Physics simulations on any device ` - Apr 3, 2021

Check out the PhET simulations newly converted to HTML5! More than 30 simulations (and growing) support both MS and HS Physical Science.

Grades 10-12

Teaching Energy in Introductory Physics ` - Jan 1, 2021

Understanding energy transfer, transformation, and conservation underpins much of physics education. This mini-collection provides 60+ free resources for teaching energy in the algebra-based physics classroom. It includes sections on interactive problem-solving and modeling energy systems.

Grades 9-10

Computational Modeling in Physics First Bootstrap ` - Oct 1, 2020

Exemplary collection that integrates computational modeling and Modeling Instruction, developed to support algebra-based Physics First courses.

Analog-To-Digital Science: Modeling Binary Coding and the CD Read System ` - Nov 2, 2018

5-day module for HS physics uses modeling & hands-on activities to explore how digital signals are created from analog information.

High School Coding Resources ` - Jul 31, 2018

This is a collection of resources and communities for integrating coding into High School Physics.

Algebra-Based Physics

Build A Unit: Waves and Wave Energy ` - Jul 20, 2018

Editor-selected multimedia collection designed to help students visualize wave properties and deepen their understanding of wave behavior.

Grades K-8

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Teaching Energy Using Multimedia ` - May 30, 2017

Editor-selected unit elements to help your students understand energy as a cross-cutting concept. Includes lessons, simulations and animations, hands-on labs, and tutorials.

Algebra-Based Physics

Build A Unit: Measurement in Physics ` - Sep 10, 2016

Editor-selected collection of resources to help students understand the role of precise measurement, standard units, and dimensional analysis in physics.

Algebra-Based Physics

Particles & Interactions: Build Your Unit ` - Jun 2, 2016

A set of classroom-ready resources for doing a unit on particle physics. Materials are appropriate for high school students, with focus on the conceptual aspects of quantum theory.

Grades 6-8

Teaching Electricity in the Middle Grades ` - Mar 31, 2016

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.

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