Web Watch

sleek computers on tableCarl Mungan, United States Naval Academy

You may have heard about The Particle Adventure. Browse it on the web at http://particleadventure.org/.

MathJax uses Javascript to enable you to display equations in webpages without installing anything. Learn about it at http://www.mathjax.org/.

A collection of Flash animations illustrating physics concepts is at http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/Flash/.

The National High Magnetic Field Lab has educational resources devoted to E&M at http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/.

Slides is a site at http://slides.com/ used to create, display, and share presentations online.

The European Journal of Physics has started soliciting video abstracts from authors of selected papers as a novel way to increase their visibility. It remains to be seen whether the idea will catch on more broadly, but you can see the initial efforts at http://iopscience.iop.org/0143-0807/videoabstracts.

Speaking of videos, the American Museum of Natural History has been preparing a new high-quality “science bulletin” once a month at http://www.amnh.org/explore/science-bulletins organized into the categories of astronomy, earth science, biology, and human medicine. Also see the Library of Congress materials about the solar system and beyond at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/understanding-the-cosmos/.

Periodically, we should all re-read Feynman. A transcript of his 1966 lecture “What is Science?” is at http://www.fotuva.org/feynman/what_is_science.html.

Vanderbilt has an excellent overview of the flipped classroom at http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/flipping-the-classroom/.

Classical physics has lots of interesting topics for investigation. A few choice puzzles are reviewed at http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/08/the-never-ending-conundrums-of-classical-physics/ with many reader comments.

PhysPort at https://www.physport.org/ is a new comPADRE website devoted to practical PER resources to support physics teaching and assessment.

James Lincoln has been putting together a great set of video demonstrations and animations on YouTube at
Another good collection of science videos is at https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow.

Plus Magazine has some provocative math puzzles (some of which are based on physics) at http://plus.maths.org/content/Puzzle.

ChemSpider at http://www.chemspider.com/ is a useful site for providing properties, structure, images, and spectra of chemicals such as aspirin.

EduTopia has an informative section devoted to integrating technology into the classroom at http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration. Also see the recent newspaper article warning against the use of laptops to take notes in class at http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/28/why-students-using-laptops-learn-less-in-class-even-when-they-really-are-taking-notes/.

Faculty Focus puts out excellent articles on higher ed teaching at http://www.facultyfocus.com/ which you can sign up to receive by email.

The pro-nuclear-energy camp makes a good case at http://www.nuclearfaq.ca/. The anti-nuclear position is also well articulated at http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/.

Finally, Open Science World has started writing some intriguing reports, with the current list of physics and math ones at http://openscienceworld.com/category/maths_physics/.

Disclaimer – The articles and opinion pieces found in this issue of the APS Forum on Education Newsletter are not peer refereed and represent solely the views of the authors and not necessarily the views of the APS.