High School Physics Teachers

Physics Visuals

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Physics Quantum Information poster

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7 Myths About High School Physics 7 Mitos en la Escuela Secondaria sobre la Fisica - En Español

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Enrichment Opportunities

Professional Development for Teachers
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition maintains a map-searchable database of professional development opportunities for physics and physical science teachers.
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Through programs, resources, websites, and conferences, APS supports current and future physics and physical science teachers.

Professional Societies for Physics Teachers

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Professional societies provide meetings, workshops, journals, career guidance, and many other services to physics teachers.
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Physics Teaching Resources

The Physics of Lasers
The Physics of Lasers is a series of three hands-on, classroom-tested lessons on the laser. APS can provide a limited number of lesson books and kits for workshops aimed at physics teachers. Email plisch@aps.org to request books and kits.
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Physics Posters
In conjunction with the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), APS created a poster on Quantum Information.
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In conjunction with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), APS created a poster on Gravitational Waves.
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APS, AAPT and SPS teamed up to create a motivational, humorous poster outlining the reasons a student should study physics.
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Contemporary Physics Education Project
A non-profit organization of teachers, educators, and physicists that creates physics education materials.

Online Teaching Tools
Free Access to APS Journals
APS now provides free access to its journals for all US high schools.

The Physics Classroom


A popular set of interactive tutorials that uses an easy-to-understand language to present common physics concepts for high school students.


The Physics Front
A collection of high-quality resources for physics and physical sciences teachers.

Physical Science Resources Center
A broad collection of resources for physics and physical science teachers of all levels.

Physics for the 21st Century
An online course that explores the frontiers of physics, offered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Adopt-a-Physicist connects high school physics classes with working physicists via online discussion forums.

Career Information
Careers in Physics
Information and resources for finding a physics careers.

The Physics Career Resource
A website about physics careers, with sections for educators, parents, and students. Includes profiles of physicists, employment information, and descriptions of physics career paths.

Physics Outreach
Physics for All: APS Physics Outreach
APS Outreach programs capture the imaginations of people of all ages with the wonders of physics and its importance in our everyday lives.

A website that communicates the excitement and importance of physics, with features on cutting-edge science research, profiles of people in physics, podcasts, vodcasts, blogs, and more.

Information about Physics Teaching
Physics in High School and Two-year Colleges
Reports and statistics on high school physics, from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center.

Physics First
The American Association of Physics Teachers' position on the movement to teach physics in the ninth grade.