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PHY 2053C: Introductory Physics: Weblinks

This guide contains links to information resources related to Physics, including indexes & databases that can be used to find publications, reference works, data resources, style guides, and pages linking to resources on specific topics in Physics.

General Physics Websites & Associations

Nuclear Physics

General Physics Websites

Khan AcademyLessons in Everything.  Organized and divided extremely well.

HyperphysicsOnline, Hyperlink Physics Textbook.

PhET Interactive SimulationsUniversity of Colarado Physics Simulations

MITFree non-credited courses.  The best and most complete of this type.

Open YaleFree non-credited courses

UC BerkeleyFree non-credited courses

WikiversityA Wikipedia focused on lessons and learning

WikibooksComplete texts on various subjects

Wolfram AlphaGreat resource on Mathematics.  Want to see what sin(x+y) looks like?

Physics ForumExcellent resource

Boston University PhysletsJava Applet Simulations of Physics

Earl Haig Physics – Lessons intended for High School students, but still very useful

Additional Websites -- Subject Specific

Basic Mechanics:

            Simple online workbook to get you started in Physics

Circular Motion:

            Centrifugal vs Centripetal Forces

Coriolis Force:

            Brief Description of the Coriolis Force

            The Coriolis Force relating to Plane Flights

            The Coriolis Force relating to Wind Direction


            Longitudinal and Transverse Waves

            Demos and Explanations from Penn State

            Water Waves -- Animation

            Water Waves -- Ocean

            Mathematics of Waves

            Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms


Particle Physics:

Materials Science

            IBM’s Research Laboratory at Almeden

            IBM’s Scanning Tunneling Microscope Gallery

Atmospheric Science:

            Earth Observatory of NASAWatch the Aerosols over the Earth

            Earth ObservatoryGreat Pictures of Compounds / Gasses over the Earth

            Does “Average Temperature” have any physical meaning?

Clean Coal Technologies:

            DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory – Coal and Power Systems

            What is Gasification?

Chemical Demilitarization:

            Be careful what you fish for!Mustard gas getting fished up in New England

Engineering Websites

  • Building Big
    This PBS site has interactive labs that demonstrate forces, materials, loads and shapes. You can apply this information to building bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels in simulation. Very nice hands-on activities.
  • eFunda: Engineering Fundamentals
    This site provides free content--materials, design center, processes, unit conversion, formulas, mathematics, career center, more--and membership areas.
  • Electrical Engineering Circuits Archive
    Maintained by the electrical engineering department of the University of Washington, the site collects circuit designs for electrical engineering students' use.
  • The Engineer's Ultimate Resource Tool
    A portal to engineering schools, an online "library" with textbooks, ethics case studies, biographies and more.
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    Environmental cleanup information, laws, regulations and dockets, educational resources.
  • HowStuffWorks
    Developed by a former computer science teacher, the site offers simple, clear explanations with graphics. The "ScienceStuff" channel includes engineering.
  • Intute: Science Engineering and Technology: Engineering
    "The Intute Engineering Gateway provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities."
  • Compare materials with a variety of searching filters. 
  • Martindale's Engineering Center
    Provides online information resources such as engineering preprints (articles not yet published in journals), engineering calculators, dictionaries, handbooks, and more.
  • Nanotechnology
    Overview, news, FAQs, links to articles and books, some in full text, such as Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology by K. Eric Drexler, 1986.
  • Nanotechnology Now
    Nanotechnology basics, news, and general information.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Federal agency created to work "with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards."
  • Occupational Safety and Health Organization
    U.S. Department of Labor site. "OSHA's mission is to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America." Some OSHA programs target areas such as construction and manufacturing and build partnerships with industries to focus on specific hazards.
  • The Online Ethics Center
    Their "mission is to provide engineers, scientists, and science and engineering students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work, and to serve those who are promoting learning and advancing t
  • A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering
    A compilation of the National Society of Professional Engineers, this site promotes the achievements of engineers in their public works and inventions. You can browse the site by state and make suggestions for additions.
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
    This branch of the military is involved in engineering projects all over the country dealing with wetlands protection, dam and reservoir construction, harbor maintenance, and more.
  • Profession Jokes - Engineers
    Just for fun -- who says engineers don't have a sense of humor? Here's a collection of jokes featuring engineers and scientists maintained by David Shay.

Applied Physics



Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Physics

Additional Exploratory Websites

The following web sites are good places to begin exploration:

  • ABC Science Podcasts
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's collection of science podcasts.
  • Amusement Park Physics
    The resource allows users to design their own roller coaster, and along the way they will learn about the laws of gravity, pendulums, and kinetic energy. This resource contains interactive graphics and a glossary terms.
  • Astronomy Online
  • Auroras: Paintings in the Sky
    Self-guided lesson by Mish Denlinger, Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, shows what auroras look like and explains how they are created.
  • The Calculator Pad
    The Calculator Pad represents the effort of The Physics Classroom website to provide students with practice solving physics word problems. Approximately 30 problems of varying degree of difficulty are provided for each topic. Answers can be easily viewed by clicking a button. And an audio file (mp3 format) is provided which explains the solution to the problem in great detail.
  • Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics
    This site contains information women physicists. Each biography page contains a photograph of the physicist, her major contributions and publications, honors, employment, education, additional information, and recommended reading.
  • Cool Cosmos
    All about infrared astronomy, includes histrory, explanations, images, and videos.
  • Eric Weisstein's World of Physics
    This site is part of the World of Science , an online encyclopedia created by Eric Weisstein, a Ph.D. in planetary science, "with assistance from the physics and internet communities."
  • Fear of Physics
    Are you afraid of physics? Be fearful no longer, gentle reader. The Fear of Physics site has over twenty different interactive activities that teach the trepidatiously curious about physics via seesaws, basketball jump shots, a spinning wheel, and swinging pendulums.
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics
  • Site offers multimedia journey through NASA's first half-century. Visitors can move view historical info from the 1950's, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, accompanied by music, archival video clips, and so on.
  • History of Physics Online Exhibits
    These online exhibits thoroughly cover many topics.
  • HyperPhysics
    HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation. For the most part, it is laid out in small segments or "cards", true to its original development in HyperCard. The entire environment is interconnected with thousands of links, reminiscent of a neural network.
  • Intute: Physics
    The Intute Physics Gateway provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Target audience is students, staff and researchers in higher and further education.
  • Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion
    This site consists of an overview of Kepler’s laws, with examples, applications, problems and related history.
  • Khan Academy: Physics
    Over 150 online educational videos explaining all aspects of Physics principles.
  • NIST Reference on Constants, Units and Uncertainty
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology site provides access to the latest values for physical constants. You can search by name, or or display an alphabetical list by category.
  • Physics Applets
    This website serves as a clearinghouse of high-quality physics applets that can be used in a variety of settings. Includes information on mechanics, waves, properties of heat and matter, and optics.
  • Physics Central
    Physics Central communicates the excitement and importance of physics to its readers. Part of the American Physical Society site.
  • Physics Flash Animations
    The site contains Flash animations that illustrate principles in such categories as optics, sound waves, vectors, and relativity.
  • Physics Question of the Week
    Weekly physics questions are offered up by the University of Maryland's Department of Physics.
    "Walter F. Smith, Associate Professor of Physics, Haverford College, believes "songs about physics can help students to remember critical concepts and formulas, but perhaps more importantly they communicate the lesson that physics can be fun."
  • Physics to Go
    A collection of more than 600 websites that you can search or browse to explore physics on your own. It's also a biweekly online magazine, with archives containing more than 55 selected physics images.
  • PhysicsWorld
    Concise arrangement of links to companies, educational institutions, reference sources, exhibits, organizations, media.
  • Science Hack
    ScienceHack indexes any science videos from YouTube and anywhere else they can find them and packages them fairly cleanly in one spot.
  • Timelinescience: One Thousand Years of Scientific Thought
    Contains a list of scientific achievements between the years 1000 to present day; includes brief articles, student activities, and teacher notes for major topics of the past millennium.