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Classroom lessons, charts, webinars, and case studies to support physics education, research, and advocacy.
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Newest physics classroom resources

Introduce middle school students to the properties of light and waves with the latest classroom experiments from PhysicsQuest.

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Key question: What are wave diffraction and refraction?

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Key question: What is the difference between red light and blue light?

Multiplexing Messages video demonstration

Key question: How does using different wavelengths of light allow multiple messages to be sent in a single channel at the same time?

Students making waves with a Slinky

Key question: What are the properties of waves that makes one different from another?

Physics by the numbers

Browse charts built with the latest data on physics education and employment.
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Public engagement training webinars

Jessica Esquivel

Panelists discuss the intricacies of using social media and how to engage with multiple audiences on science.

Learn the basics of digital video production, including principles of audiovisual science communication.

Elias Aydi

Panelists discuss how they got into podcasting for public engagement and share tips for starting your own podcast.

Tawanda Johnson

Learn how to write an effective newspaper op-ed by focusing on the tenets of newsworthiness and other writing tips.

History of physics

Discover information and resources about the beginnings of the field through to the present, including the achievements of innovative scientists and world-changing research.

Read articles featuring noteworthy moments in physics history and learn how they continue to impact us today.

This unit brings together physicists, historians, and other members of APS with an interest in the history of physics and its impact on culture, education, and physics research.

Historic sites commemorate significant locations and milestones in physics history to illuminate scientific advancements' impacts on everyday life.

Ethics in physics

APS's values of truth and integrity influence our approach to standards of ethical behavior in the physics community.

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Resources for researchers, mentors, and students to examine ethical issues that can arise in the course of doing physics research.


This partnership between APS, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Astronomical Society is a professional development program for physics and astronomy faculty focused on effective and inclusive teaching practices.

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A worldwide community of teachers, researchers, and professional societies working to inspire young women to pursue physics in college.

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Tools and resources for students and teachers to explore physics education and career options.

A partnership of APS and the American Association of Physics Teachers, working together to address the national shortage of physics teachers.

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