INDEPENDENT LEARNING RESOURCES
At times you will find yourself in need of additional support. If you're looking to do this on your own, here are some resources that can help. Though you can always see Mr. Z if you're feeling stuck and not sure how to progress, try to work through it on your own first.

General Resources
The Physics Classroom: This is one of the best online resources for learning physics! I recommend you start here. It was created by a high school physics teacher.
  • From the menu on the left of the window, start with "Physics Tutorials" and choose the topic that you need additional support.
  • When you're ready to try applying these concepts, "Multimedia Studios" and "Shockwave Studios" have some thought-provoking simulations. You can also get some practice applying these concepts to word problems in "The Calculator Pad".

APlusPhysics Honors Physics Course: This is another awesome resource created by a physics teacher. It's similar in nature to The Physics Classroom, but this teacher also provides videos to supplement the tutorials. Ask Mr. Z what section to look in if you're not sure where to get started.

Flipping Physics Videos: A plethora of videos created by a physics teacher on a variety of physics topics. Mr. Thomas-Palmer's videos are not only informative, but funny and engaging.

Hyper Physics: This website gives a brief overview of many basic physics concepts. This resource focuses predominately on equations and mathematical representations of concepts. Therefore, be sure to use this resource alongside other resources to get a well-rounded understanding of concepts..

PhET Physics Simulations: Having trouble visualizing some of the abstract concepts we're studying? PhET has over 90 interactive physics simulations. Though we will be using them in class from time-to-time, feel free to use them at your leisure.

Free Online (Downloadable) Textbooks: If you find yourself in need of more resources than the ones above, these textbooks can be downloaded directly to your computer. You will need to do a little searching (ie, check out the table of contents) to find the topics you're looking for. Feel free to email me if you'd like some guidance using them.
  • Light and Matter
  • Everything Science
    • Note: This textbook uses commas (,) in place of decimal points (.). For example, the number "25.61" will be written as "25,61".
    • Note: You do NOT have to sign up in order to access the textbooks. Simply go to the menu "Read a Textbook", and from the drop-down menu select the one you want to ready. We will study topics contained in all three grade-level textbooks.

Note-Taking Apps: If you find yourself taking notes using things like your computer, iPad, or phone, read this NYTimes Article for awesome apps that do this!



Specific Physics I Resources
TOPIC
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
Scale and Relative Sizes
Cosmic Voyagoe
YouTube Video for conceptualizing the relative sizes of objects in our universe
Scale and Relative Sizes
Scale of The Universe
Interactive simulation for conceptualizing the relative sizes of objects in our universe
Significant Figures
Khan Academy Significant Figures Tutorial
Tutorial on the rules of Significant Figures
Significant Figures
Math Skills Review: Significant Figures
Explanation of uncertainty in measurements and Significant Figures
Converting Units
How to Convert Units Tutorial
YouTube Video that models how to use the Factor-Labeling system.
Converting Units
How to Convert Units of Measurements
In-depth text explaining the process of converting units, with practice problems and solutions.
Motion Graphs
The Moving Man Simulation
Simulation creates motion graphs like a motion sensor would. When you get it running, click on the "Charts" tab up at the top of the window to access the motion graphs.








Specific Physics II Resources
TOPIC
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
Scale and Relative Sizes
Cosmic Voyagoe
YouTube Video for conceptualizing the relative sizes of objects in our universe
Scale and Relative Sizes
Scale of The Universe
Interactive simulation for conceptualizing the relative sizes of objects in our universe
Significant Figures
Tutorial on the use of Significant Figures
Tutorial on the rules of Significant Figures
Significant Figures
Uncertain in Measurements and Significant Figures Tutorial
Tutorial on Uncertainty in Measurements and Significant Figures
Significant Figures
Khan Academy Significant Figures Tutorial
Tutorial on the rules of Significant Figures
Significant Figures
Math Skills Review: Significant Figures
Explanation of uncertainty in measurements and Significant Figures
UCM
Circular Motion and Newton's First Law Simulation
Simulation that looks at how an object experiencing a centripetal net force will move after the net force is removed.
UCM & Universal Gravitation
The Physics Classroom: Circular Motion and Satellite Motion
Tutorial on Uniform Circular Motion and Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
Universal Gravitation
Gravity and Orbits Simulation
Interactive simulation for looking at factors that affect the orbit of Earth and other satellites






Assorted Simulations:
This table contains links to websites with other physics-related simulations. I have not had a chance to go through them on my own, which is why they are the last resource here. Feel free to peruse at your leisure. If you come across simulations that you think are particularly effective or useful for our class, let me know (this will count toward your class community grade).
SIMULATION WEBSITE
DESCRIPTION
ActivPhysics Online
A variety of simulations related to Physics I (Mechanics) concepts.
Action-Reaction Physics Applets and Animations
More simulations than you could ever want! What's even better is that they're organized by physics concepts.
Fernand Brunschwig's Wolfram Simulations
A variety of simulations related to a variety of physics concepts.
The Size and Scale of the Universe 2
A simulation to help you visualize the relativity sizes of objects.
BU Physics Simulations
A variety of simulations related to a variety of physics concepts. You'll need to click on one of the links on the left side to access them.
iPhysics Simulations
A variety of simulations related to a variety of physics concepts, arranged by topic.
Java Applets on Physics
A variety of simulations related to a variety of physics concepts, arranged by topic.
Falstad Applets
A variety of simulations related to Physics II (E&M and Waves) concepts.
Scratch Simulations
A variety of home-made simulations.
Flash Animation for Physics
A variety of simulations related to a variety of physics concepts, arranged by topic.
Merlot Physics Materials
An (overwhelming) number of simulations and other physics-related resources.
Vector Addition Java Simulation
A simulation that demonstrates how vectors can be added, subtracted, and multiplied.
Science, Optics, and You
A variety of simulations related to waves and optics.
Science Simulations
Assorted physics simulations.
OPhysics
Assorted physics simulations