Web Resources I Wish I’d Known About Before Teaching Intro Physics

I originally posted a list like this on Facebook. Here’s the full list of “cool stuff on the web” so far:

  1. Tracker – Free video-analysis software: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/
  2. High speed video collection: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/high_speed_video/
  3. Cheap 3D laser scanning: http://www.instructables.com/id/EMWRPLGDH2EP285ZVG/
  4. Fantastic Contraption – a physics related game: http://fantasticcontraption.com/
  5. Along the same lines, Crayon Physics: http://www.crayonphysics.com/
  6. High-speed still motion images (and how to make your own): http://www.hiviz.com/
  7. Science Photo Library: http://www.sciencephoto.com/registration/registerLogic.html
  8. Dot Physics – a blog about intro-physics-related topics: http://blog.dotphys.net/
  9. Open Source Physics – open-source Java physics simulations: http://www.compadre.org/osp/index.cfm
  10. PhET – more Java physics simulations, including a wonderful circuit builder: http://phet.colorado.edu/index.php
  11. UW (Seattle) Lecture Demos Available: http://www.phys.washington.edu/facilities/lectdemo/
  12. How to make ballistic gelatin (à la CSI): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15062946?dopt=AbstractPlus
  13. VPython programming language – made specifically for physics demos: http://vpython.wikidot.com/
  14. Rent high frame rate cameras and equipment: http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/files&page=rentals
  15. Build a strobe at home: http://www.makezine.com/04/strobe/

Added 1/20/09: Another, even better set of java applets: http://www.falstad.com/mathphysics.html – the loaded string and 2D electrostatics applets are awesome!