Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
Forces and Motion
Forces, motion and energy - from the BBC
Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of motion describe how forces cause changes to the motion of an object, how gravity gives weight to mass; how forces cause acceleration and how forces work in collisions.
Sample Learning Goals
- Explain the Conservation of Mechanical Energy using kinetic, gravitational potential, and thermal energy.
- Describe how changing the mass, friction, or gravity affects the skater's energy.
- Predict position or estimate speed from energy bar graph or pie chart.
- Calculate speed or height at one position from information about a different position.
- Describe what happens to the energy in the system when the reference height changes.
- Design a skate park using the concepts of mechanical energy and energy conservation.
General Physics Websites
- The Contemporary Physics Education ProjectFundamental particles and interactions, Plasma physics and Fusion, Nuclear science.
- Fear of PhysicsIncludes interactives and video links.
- HyperPhysics"HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation." By By Rob Emery.
Also available as an iPad App.
- The Physics ClassroomIncludes animations and QuickTime movies designed to demonstrate physics principles in a visual manner.
- PhysicsCentral - learn how your world works
The Feynman Lectures
WIRED - A platform based game that requires you to build circuits. Starts very basic and gets more complex as you travel through the game.