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AP Physics Websites

All Links are live – as of 7/26/06

AP Physics B – Delores Gende (Reader & Test Development Committee)

AP Physics B – Jeff Adkins
Assignments & Links

AP Physics C – Feulner & Nasser
Mechanics & E and M

AP Physics C – Marymount School of New York
AP Physics C
Simple layout – easy to follow
class notes

AP Physics East Chapel Hill High School
Links B & C
Lab Reports

Faraday Lecture Program – Rutgers - his basic website/syllabi
Pictures/Video Explanations

Physics Illustrations – Thinking about Physics

Applet City! All of these sites offer an array of Java/Flash/HTML applets on a variety of topics. Should play on all browser
types. - AP B site - AP B site

Demos - General
Graphing X-V-A (Simultaneous Graphing of displacement, velocity, and acceleration with student determined variables)

Noise cancellation information


Not school appropriate – but good trebuchets!

School appropriate trebuchet – 3 games about projectile motion

Exploding Bananas



All topics

American Physics Teachers
The Physics Teacher

Videos – Why stuff works

Answers to Questions

Physics Demonstrations

Homework Service – Active Grading of student homework, Free!

Video – Powers of 10

A list of lists


AP Physics B – Reader person website
Physics of Music

Stress vs. Strain Movie

Concept Map of Physics


optics bench

history of physics

West Point Bridge Contest

How Satellites Work

Better Lab writing Skills

pendulum lab

friction lab

airplane wing applet

young slit experiment
The links past this point has not been checked for if they are still “alive”
just a heads-up!
Physics Applets Links, Etc.

Motion Forces Motion in the Heavens Work & Energy
Temperature & Heat Oscillations Waves & Wave Effects
Optics Electricity & Magnetism
Atomic Physics Nuclear Physics

This applet is absolutely "cool"!:

Virtual Scanning Electron Microscopy
(Choose from a list of animals ranging from a gecko's foot to a dust mite; adjust focus, contrast, brightness &


Powers of Ten beginning from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida

Significant Figures Drill: An tool for practicing significant figure counting.

Measuring With Shadows

Vector Arithmetic Java Visualization

Vernier Calipers:

Hot Wheels Track

Animated vectors of a non-horizontally launched projectile or a horizontally launched projectile

Projectile Motion: Height vs. Distance Graph (You vary the init. velocity/ angle, mass; w/ or w/o air resistance)

"The Bouncing Ball" (within an irregular box):

The Plane and The Package

The Truck and the Ball

Newton's 1st Law:
The Truck and Ladder

Addition of Vectors

Equilibrium of Three Forces

Balanced & Unbalanced Forces/ Terminal Velocity:

Parachute Drop:

"The (2-dim) Spring Pendulum"

Centripetal Force: Model of a Carousel

Air Track (1-Dim) Collisions: Elastic or Inelastic

Conservation of Linear Momentum:

Astronaut Catch

Two-dimensional collisions: Vary the mass, initial direction

Conservation of Linear Momentum & Conservation of Energy: Newton's Cradle

Motion in the Heavens

Newton's Cannon

Orbits: Gravitational

Your Weight on any planet!

Phases of the Moon:

Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures

Phases of Venus - very nice - has adjustable viewing angle


Eclipse Of The Moon

Solar Eclipse

Work & Energy

Roller Coaster

Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing

Two Dimensional Collision Between Two Cars

Temperature & Heat

Brownian Motion

Another Brownian Motion

How Cold is Cold?

Evaporative Cooling: See how evaporative cooling works, both in your coffee cup and in Bose-Einstein Condensation.

Water in a Microwave: This applet demonstrates how a microwave field makes a water molecule oscillate back and forth,
leading to heating in food.

UNT's CooLN2 Car:

Mass on a Spring: Plots displacement, velocity, (restoring) force, acceleration of a mass on a spring. You can vary the
mass, amplitude, and spring constant

Pendulum: Plots displacement, velocity, (restoring) force, acceleration of a mass on a spring. You can vary the mass,
amplitude, and spring constant

Coupled Pendula

Waves & Wave Effects

Tuning Forks and Longitudinal Waves

Standing Wave Formation

Standing Longitudinal Waves

Adding Simple Waves I

Adding Simple Waves II

Wave Superposition/ Compound Waves: Group Velocity and Phase Velocity

Reflection and Refraction of Waves: Explanation by Huygens' Principle

Doppler effect: Moving point source (includes Shock waves)

An Example of Doppler Effect

Electromagnetic Waves:
Propagation of electromagnetic wave

Optical Accommodation of Eye Lens

Reflection/ Refraction:
Image Formation for Plane Mirrors

Reflection/refraction (water/air interface)

Reflection and Refraction of Waves: Explanation by Huygens' Principle

How A Compact Disc Works

Single-Slit Diffraction: Vary wavelength (dolor) and/ or slit width
Young's Two Slit Experiment: Play with the classic "two slit" experiment using lasers to show interference patterns.

Wave Interference: Stretch and shift two waves and see how they add together to interfere both constructively and

2-Point Source Interference Patterns: Changing Separation Distance

Simple Ray Tracing Animations:

Image Formation and Human Vision

Concave Mirror Ray Diagrams:

Object Located Beyond the Center of Curvature
Object Located at the Center of Curvature
Object Located Between Center of Curvature and the Focal Point
Object Located In Front of Focal Point

Ray Tracing Animations: You control object size and position, etc:
Mirror Ray Tracing: Concave or Convex
Diverging Mirror:

Geometrical Construction of Ray Diagrams (w/ detail & adjustable parameters)

Magnifying with a Bi-Convex Lens

Lens Ray Tracing: Concave or Convex

Converging Lens:
Diverging Lens:
Thin Lens or Mirror Ray Tracing

RGB Lighting: A set of three lights shine on a person and cast shadows of the person on a screen in the background. Turn
the various lights on and off and observe how the colors of the shadows
Electricity & Magnetism

"Visualizing Electricity and Magnetism at MIT" site:

Formats include mpeg animations, shockwaves, Java 3D applets, etc.
Categories are:

Vector Fields:

Faraday's Law:
Light (EM waves):

Dipole Molecule in a Changing Field: See conceptually how the electromagnetic field of one charge will move a dipole
molecule (water) around like a compass needle.
Charging a Two-Sphere System by Induction: Using a Negatively-Charged Object

Grounding a Positively-Charged Electroscope

Charging an Electrophorus Plate by Induction

Using a Negatively-Charged Object

Lightning: An Example Of A Natural Capacitor

Resistance at the Molecular (Atomic?) Level

Kirchhoff's Rules (Circuit 1)

Ohm's Law

Variable Capacitors: Tuning A Radio Receiver

Induced magnetic field influences the direction of the compass needle

Pulsed Magnets

Crooke's Tube: Cathode Rays

How A Metal Detector Works:

Faraday's Magnetic Field Induction Experiment

Lenz's Law

DC Generator Action

AC Generator Action


Building A Transistor: How an individual Field Effect (FET) transistor is fabricated on a silicon wafer

Electromagnetic Wave

Atomic Physics
Absorption and Emission of Radiation (Photon) by an Atom

Atomic Spectra

X-Rays and CAT Scans

MRI Tutor

The Whole Brain Atlas

Fluoroscope: A fun demonstration of what it looks like to "see" in the x-ray portion of the spectrum.

Schrödinger & Bohr Atomic Models: A side-by-side comparison of the Schrödinger and Bohr models of the hydrogen atom
and how it absorbs and emits photons.

Nuclear Physics
The Rutherford Experiment

Rutherford Scattering: Thomson Model of an Atom vs. The Nuclear Model

Thomson Model:
Nuclear Model:

The Particle Adventure: An interactive tour of quarks, antimatter, neutrinos, the fundamental force, dark matter,
accelerators, and particle detectors.

Fusion - Physics of a fundamental energy source

Nuclear Science: The ABC's of nuclear science: antimatter, betarays, cosmic connection, and more.

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