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Introduction

Todaymostscientistsworkinteams.Buttherehavealwaysbeenscientistswho,foravarietyofreasons,
workedalone.Likewisetherearemanyreasonswhylearningscienceaspartofateamissuperiorto
learningalone.Butoccasionallytheadvantagesofworkingwithothersisnotpossibleorpractical.The
followingisaguidetoassistanyonewhowantstolearnphysicsdespitethehandicapofisolation.

Tolearnphysicsalonewilloccasionallyinvolvesomerisks,althoughprobablylessthanlearningother
sciencesinisolation.Thestudent(andparentsofminors)mustdecideifthebenefitsjustifytherisksof
workingalone.Ifatanypointeithernoworinthefutureyouareunwillingtoaccepttherisks,DO
NOTPROCEEDwiththeexperiment.

Thecontentispresentedinlinearprogressionwithvocabulary,ideas,skills,andunderstandingbuiltfrom
oneexperimenttothenext.Howeverthisformatallowsanyonetoselectivelyusepartsfittingtheir
interestsorneed.Ifselectedcontentseemsconfusing,itmighthelptoreviewanypreviouslyskipped
content.Eachexperimentattemptstoembedrelevantvocabulary,ideas,andhistory.Itisintendedthat
anyreasonablybrightandcapablepersoninterestedinthetopic,competentintheEnglishlanguage,and
havingavailableacomputer(andsometimesaprinter)shouldbeabletosuccessfullyperformeach
experimentwitheasilycollectablematerials.Butifanydifficultyisencountered,pleasesenda
descriptionofthedifficultytotheauthorviathelinkatthefootofeverypage.(anotetostudents)

internetbasedexperimentalPhysics
TableofContents
(corrections,expansions,andrevisionscontinue)

forward LightandElectromagnetism
Motion ExperimentIV1:VirtualImage
ExperimentI1:Realchange? ExperimentIV2:Refraction
WhyLearnScience ExperimentIV3:CurvedMirrors&Lenses
WritingFormalReports ExperimentIV4:Color
Summary&PracticeofFundamentalSkills Summary&Practice:Light
helpyourunderstanding1 ExperimentIV5:EnergyWaves&Polarity
ExperimentI2:FreeFall ExperimentIV6:ElectricCharge
Graphs:ReadingtheLines ExperimentIV7:Coulomb
ExperimentI3:AccelerationDueto ExperimentIV8:It'stheVolts
Gravity ExperimentIV9:Current
SignificantFigures:ImperfectMeasurements ExperimentIV10:MagneticFields
Summary&PracticeofKinematics ExperimentIV11:Induction
helpyourunderstanding2 ExperimentIV12:Broadcasting
ExperimentI4:Newton'sLaws ExperimentIV13:ParadoxofSpecial
Summary&PracticeofDynamics Relativity
Anotherusefulmathtool:VectorAnalysis ExperimentIV14:GeneralRelativity&Frame
forceanalysis:components,parallel... Dragging
helpyourunderstanding3
moreanalysis:projectile,circular,harmonic AtomicPhysics
helpyourunderstanding4
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AstronomyandtheScientificProcess ExperimentV1:AncientFoundations:
ExperimentII1:SkyObservations Alchemy
helpyourunderstanding5 ExperimentV2:Revolution:ArttoScience
ExperimentII2:FirstExplanations ExperimentV3:ChallengeofRatios
ExperimentII3:MeasuringtheEarth's ExperimentV4:ElectricalConnections
Size ExperimentV5:RepetitiousPatterns
ExperimentII4:DistancetotheMoon ExperimentV6:WeighingaSpark
ExperimentII5:RemoteMeasurementof ExperimentV7:ElectronsfromBrightLight
Piton ExperimentV8:Xrays,Radioactivity&
helpyourunderstanding6 AtomicStructure
ExperimentII6:DetermineEarth'sOrbit ExperimentV9:SpectraPatternsandBohr's
ExperimentII7:PlotMar'sOrbit guess
ExperimentII8:Comet'sOrbitUsing ExperimentV10:ThePrinceandMorphed
Gravity Reality
Summary&Practice:Astronomy ToChemistryExperimentsMenu
ExperimentII9:AnalysisofStar
Chemicals NuclearPhysics&ElementaryParticles
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ExperimentII10:CluesfromthePast
ExperimentII11:Einstein'sGravity ExperimentVI1:ReverseofXRays?
ExperimentVI2:RadiationSource
ExperimentII12:DarkEnergy
ExperimentII13:IntelligenceElsewhere? ExperimentVI3:WhatisRadiation?
ExperimentII14:ProtectingEarth ExperimentVI4:ElementTransformations
ExperimentII15:CosmicRays ExperimentVI5:ArtificialDecay
ExperimentVI6:ElementaryParticles
Mechanics ExperimentVI7:BindingEnergy
ExperimentIII1:MassisConserved! ExperimentVI8:MissingEnergy
ExperimentIII2:Motion(momenta)is ExperimentVI9:StandardModel
Conserved ExperimentVI10:HighEnergyFrontier
Summary&PracticeforMomenta
ExperimentIII3:VectorsofMomenta SplashofEngineering
ExperimentIII4:MoreConservation: ExperimentVII1:ModelingBeachErosion
Energy ExperimentVII2:UnderstandingBoatWakes
ExperimentVII3:TransportofBeachMaterial
ExperimentIII5:PotentialEnergyNeeded
Summary&Practice:Work,Power,Energy ExperimentVII4:OptimizingBoatDesign
ExperimentIII6:Temperature
ExperimentIII7:Calorimetry:Measuring
HeatEnergy
Summary&Practice:ThermalEnergy
ExperimentIII8:BehaviorofGases
Summary:HeatEngines&Entropy
ExperimentIII9:Waves:SpeedofSound
ExperimentIII10:WaterWaves:2D
Summary&Practice:Waves
ExperimentIII11:WaveApplications
ExperimentIII12:GravityWaves?
ExperimentIII13:MatteratExtreme
Conditions
ExperimentIII14:DarkMatter

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