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Physical Science

The following sites may be helpful to students in their study of Physical Science. If you have specific questions on other topics send them to the experts to find an answer.

Try the webcourse to test your science skills. You'll need to contact me for a password.

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The Big Book of Physical Science
These pages are a modest attempt at providing beginning high school science students with an accessible physical science resource. The site is organized simply so that you will always know where you are in relation to everything else on these pages. The only caveat to this is that some of the links will open a new browser window. This might be a little confusing.

Access Science
AccessScience puts the most useful and up-to-date technology to work for you: in addition to fast, sophisticated search capability, you'll find RSS feeds, Flash® animations, image galleries, podcasts, videos, and more, with our enhanced search engine making discovery of this wide range of information easier than ever.

Learn Physics Today
Learn Physics Today is an on line Physics tutorial developed in Peru.  It is interactive with quiz questions for you to answer and submit.

Physics 2000
Physics 2000 relies heavily on the use of interactive "applets". These are different from the typical animations you see on the Internet because you can actually interact with them. This site is brought to you by the University of Colorado.  

Physics.org (Physics Life)
Explore the Physics around you on this interactive street by clicking on the pictures.  You can also go to their home page to use their search technology to match your question, age and knowledge profile to the handpicked and refereed physics web sites.  By registering you can add your comments and rating to the resources you use, and help them constantly improve.

Frontier HS Physical Science
Visit this high school in Oklahoma to observe their Physical Science Course.  There are interactive sections to help you learn.

How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works is a great place to come to learn about how things work in the world around you. Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works, or what gears do, or what makes the inside of your refrigerator cold? Then How Stuff Works is the place for you! A new article gets added every week, so visit often.

Explore Science
Welcome to the first shocked science lab on the WWW (growing since December 1995). This site will let both students and teachers interact with material on the web, rather than just reading text. Explore the following topics in science:

The Virtual Lab
Visit the Virtual Lab. What follows is a list of physics related Java Applets (also some VRML and Shockwave stuff) available on the Net. Look through the sites and pick one of interest

The Metric System
At this site we will have a scavenger hunt that will help you navigate to find specific information from the metric system. Units and equivalancies in measurements of distance, energy, specific gravity, density, mass, weight, and other useful information will be found. 

How Rocket Engines Work
Learn a little rocket histroy and some basic physics. See the space shuttle and some rocket diagrams. This site describes how a rocket engine works. Newton's third law in action. 

Virtual Golf
This challenging game gives you a fun way to get some practical experience with a spherical projectile and varying wind factors.

Virtual Cannon
This ballistic simulator fires a projectile and helps you to understand the relationship between muzzle velocity, angle of release, gravity, wind speed, and density of the projectile. Each new shot has its own color coded trail. When out of ammo press the more button.

How a thermos works
Browse this site and answer the specific questions. Prepare yourself for the thermos competition by developing the ultimate device!

 Video Periodic Table
My Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one.

Chemical Elements.com
My name is Yinon Bentor, and I created Chemical Elements.com as my 8th grade science project several years ago. Since then, I have continued to update the site in my free time, and the site is now very different from the original design. Since I "completed" the site for my science fair project in early 1996, I have added more information to each of the element pages, changed the layout of the site to make it easier to use, added different ways to view the table, and made the site more aesthetically pleasing.

Chemicool Periodic Table
This Chemicool table has all the information about each element. Click on any one, and you'll find out about its states, appearance, characteristics, reactions, uses, availibility, cost, etc.

Comic Book Periodic Table
Comics are full of characters named for the elements of the periodic table. They have the attributes of the elements they are named for: Iron Man is strong (although susceptible to rust), while Mercury is fast and sleek. See how this site compares to others.

The Visual Elements Periodic Table
109 is a visual arts and science collaborative project supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry which aims to explore and reflect upon the diversity of elements that comprise matter in as unique and innovative manner as possible.

Chemical Scorecard
Just enter your zip code and find out what pollutants are being released into your community--and who is responsible. Scorecard is an environmental information service provided by the environmental defense fund.


Refraction deals with the bending of light waves.  Visit the light sites below and see what you can learn.

Ray Tracing 

Simple Prism


Virtual Light Bulb--Ohm's Law
Try to light the bulb in the example without breaking it. To light the bulb you need to change the resistance until you find the correct current (amps). In this experiment the student is supposed to determine the relation ship between voltage (V), amperage (I) and resistance (R), i.e. to find out about Ohm's law. 


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