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Physics Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See

Teachers' Domain: Physical Science
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
This site is dedicated to helping teachers teach physics by providing a large collection of lesson plans, organized by topics and grade levels.

Energy Systems and Solutions
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
Part of the Teach Engineering Web site, this section provides educators with numerous lesson plans and engaging activities for elementary through high school.

Lessons in Physics
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
Part of the Teach Engineering Web site, this section provides educators with fun and exciting lesson plans and activities to teach physics to elementary through high school students. Activities engage students of all ages in the science of physics.

IPPEX! (The Interactive Plasma Physics Education Experience)
Resource: Educator (high school and above)
This site contains interactive plasma physics topics ranging from electricity, magnetism, energy and fusion and allows students and teachers to participate remotely in scientific research. at the country's largest fusion energy laboratory. Utilizing a hands-on, discovery-based approach, this site will help to build a knowledge base on which students can build.

Atomic Archive
Resource: Educator (middle and high school) and Students (middle and high school)
This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb – a crucial turning point for all mankind. Intended as an online companion to AJ Software & Multimedia's latest CD-ROM, Atomic Archive: Enhanced Edition, this site provides basic information on nuclear issues. Along with each sub-category is a suggested reading list. A great resource for middle and high school students.

ASPIRE – Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research & Education
Resource: Educator (grades 6-12)
More about physics than astronomy, this astrophysics Web site, created by teachers for teachers, employs a powerful combination of inquiry-based content, along with interactive, hands-on labs. Intended for middle and high school students and teachers.

American Association of Physics Teachers
Resource: Educator
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Web site presents research, opportunities, and professional development for physics educators and those interested in the field.

American comPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Resource: Educator (grades K-12) and Students
A Web site dealing with the topic of physics for high school students and teachers and college faculty. The site provides a tutorial including animations to explain principles of physics to students. Lesson plans cover grades K-12 for educators.

Activity-Based Physics
Resource: Educator (high school and above)
The Activity-Based Physics Web site goals are to continue full scale efforts to improve the scientific literacy of introductory physics students through the mastery of physics concepts, investigative skills, and mathematical modeling techniques and to motivate students to learn more science. The site presents abstracts of research conducted on how students learn.

Contributions of 20th-Century Women to Physics
Resource: Students (middle and high school)
A UCLA searchable archive of data where you will find links to 83 webpages with details of 83 women of the 20th century who have made original and important contribution to physics. Pages include pictures, histories and descriptions of their contributions. Contemporary women whose contribution are post 1976 are not included.

Physics Research Overview
Resource: All Audiences
Physics begins with the everyday physical world around us and goes on to give us many answers--along with a rich and detailed account of things like force, motion, gravity, heat,light, electricity and magnetism--that actually give rise to the everyday world. This overview page on the National Science Foundation's Web site provides insight through funded research that everyone can benefit from.

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