PhysicsCentral Website

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Physics Questions Posters

Heating Coffee by Yelling
Heating Coffee by Yelling

Physics Images jetdrops

Beautiful and interesting images from recent physics projects are highlighted on the APS home page.
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Physics Outreach Programs

LaserFest

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Watching your favorite movie on DVD. Surfing the web for an elusive piece of information. Saving time and scanning your own barcodes in the self check-out at the grocery store. Without the work of scientists 50 years ago to create the laser, we wouldn’t have these and countless other technologies today. The first laser was successfully operated in 1960. This milestone marks one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century – one that has revolutionized the way we live.


PhysicsQuest

PhysicsQuest is a middle school competition that consists of four physical science experiments centered on a mystery. The experiments are designed to be done by small groups in a classroom or after school setting. Each of the experiments gives students a clue that they need to solve the mystery. Classes can submit their answers online and be entered into a random drawing for prizes. PhysicsQuest kits are provided free to registered classrooms.


Physics in History

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Historic Sites Initiative
Learn about locations and details of important physics events. Maybe one occurred near you.

This Month in Physics History
What significant happened this month in physics history? Read APS News history feature and find out!

APS Resources and Projects

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Science Off the Sphere

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Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit sent physics demo video s directly from space to APS's PhysicsCentral website.
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