Physics To Go Frequently Asked Questions

About   -   Acceptable Use   -   Terms of Use   -   Privacy Policy   -   FAQ

What material will I find on Physics To Go?

Physics To Go offers links to web sites for informal physics learning, so if you'd like to find out about something in physics, this is a good place to start. Also, if you're a physics teacher, some of these resources might be useful for your students.

How do I find materials on Physics To Go?

You can search Physics To Go by subject area, author, or grade level, and you can restrict your search by grade level, resource type, language, and cost.

What is the difference between searching and browsing?

Searching allows you to find resources with specific keywords in the title, subject, and description, or to search by author name, organization, or URL. Browsing provides a broad view of materials on a given topic.

What are the topics used to describe materials on Physics To Go?

The materials are divided into 11 broad topical categories.

What information do I get from searches?

A Physics To Go search provides a list of items that match your search criteria. This list includes, for each item, the title, the start of the description, the grade level, and the subject. Clicking on the title brings up detailed information about the item and displays the URL.

How can I organize my search results?

Search results can be arranged alphabetically by the subject, title, or grade level.

How can I participate in Physics To Go?

Registered users of Physics To Go can submit suggestions for materials to add to the database and can provide comments and join discussions about the materials.

If I submit an item, will it show up on Physics To Go?

Member submissions of items to Physics To Go are reviewed by a Physics To Go editor. If accepted, more detailed information is collected about the items before posting. Acceptance depends on how well the item meets the needs of informal learners.

How can I add comments about an item on Physics To Go?

For members who are logged in, there is a link to add comments about an item on the detailed information page for the item, which is where the comments will appear.

What is the "Filing Cabinet"?

The filing cabinet is a place for Physics To Go members to store bookmarks to items on the site. These bookmarks are stored in folders on the ComPADRE site so that they can be accessed whenever the member is logged into any of the ComPADRE collections. Lists that result from searching can also be stored in the Filing Cabinet.

Do I need to join Physics To Go?

No, you may search and browse the database without joining Physics To Go.

What are the benefits of joining Physics To Go?

Members of Physics To Go have additional tools that improve their use of the site. These include the ability to set preferences that sort materials according to their needs, a filing cabinet to store resources they find useful, and the ability to recommend resources for inclusion in the database.

What is required to join Physics To Go?

To join, users must provide their name and email. Further information can be provided, if desired, to personalize Physics To Go for the user and enhance interactions with others.

Why do pages on Physics To Go change?

Physics To Go is a dynamic collection, so the information provided depends on the resources that are cataloged in the database. As the database grows, the displayed pages will change. A Filing Cabinet is provided to registered users for storage and simple recovery of information that they find important.

Is there a cost for Physics To Go?

Physics To Go is a free and open resource provided as service by the American Association of Physics Teachers and its partners. It is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the APS Campaign for Physics, and is part of the National Science Digital Library.

Who can I contact for further information?

Our contact form allows you to direct questions to the appropriate individuals responsible for site content or technical issues.

Additionally, the Physics To Go editor is available at