Web Watch

Carl Mungan, United States Naval Academy

Have you seen IBM’s incredible movie “A Boy and his Atom”? Start exploring the movie on YouTube.

The Center for Science and Engineering Education at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is online. Also check out the Department of Energy’s pages of discovery and innovation.

AT&T Labs has researcher profiles, application overviews, and technical documents on their website.

The University of California Museum of Paleontology has built a website called “Understanding Science: How Science Really Works”.

The National Science Foundation hosts “K–12 Resources for STEM Education” based on their funded projects. A related set of materials devoted more particularly to applied physics can be found on the Teach Engineering website.

If you often write your own HTML code, as I do, it’s helpful to have lists of codes for special characters. A useful one is on the W3Schools website.

John Denker has started writing a much more careful analysis of how an electrophorus works than the usual oversimplified explanations.

GlowScript is a software environment for creating 3D animations such as of a stick-and-ball model of an atomic solid. Be sure to see the example programs with code.

A rich trove of procedures and videos presenting materials science labs, divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, can be found at the MRSEC Education Group website.

Annenberg always has well-crafted instructional materials. Your students may enjoy Amusement Park Physics in classic or flashed formats.

Several different pages discuss the Navy’s plans to deploy a solid-state laser weapon aboard a ship next year, such as this article on photonics.com.

Scientific American has a site entitled “Sixty-Second Science” with minute-long MP3 podcasts.

What happens if a meteorite of specified size and density slams into the Earth (hitting water or rock) with a given impact angle and speed? Try simulating it at Purdue University’s Impact Earth web page.

Lawrence Livermore has a site devoted to fusion energy education called FusEdWeb.

Amazon probably paid a fortune to buy this small company. Find and create lists of good books on various topics on the Goodreads website.

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