Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science


Hands-On Physics

Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications

Hands-On Physics Activities provides a comprehensive collection of nearly 200 investigations, demonstrations, mini-labs, and other activities uses everyday examples to make physics concepts easy to understand. For quick access, materials are organized into eight units covering Measurement, Motion, Force, Pressure, Energy & Momentum, Waves, Light, and Electromagnetism. Each lesson contains an introduction with common knowledge examples, reproducible pages for students, a "To the Teacher" information section, and a listing of additional applications students can relate to. Over 300 illustrations add interest and supplement instruction.

Physics Education Organizations

  1. American Institute of Physics (AIP)
  2. Physics Instruction Resource Association (PIRA)
  3. Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group (LAPTAG)
  4. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  5. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  6. American Physical Society (APS)
  7. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Physics Demonstrations

  1. University of Oregon - Demonstration room
  2. University of California, Berkeley - Lecture demonstrations
  3. Boston University - Lecture demonstrations
  4. University of Virginia - Lecture demonstrations
  5. Michigan State University - Lecture demonstrations
  6. University of Maryland - Lecture demonstration facility
  7. North Carolina State University - Physics demonstrations
  8. University of Illinois - Lecture demonstration database
  9. University of Michigan - Demonstration laboratory
  10. Exploratorium Science Snackbook: Resources from California's Exploratorium

Physics Education Links

  1. PhysicsWeb -Sponsored by the Institute of Physics
  2. Institute of Physics - Devoted to increasing the understanding and application of physics.

Physics Laboratory

  1. Laboratory Safety - Laboratory safety for the physics classroom.
  2. Supply Companies and Suppliers - Order physics equipment online.
  3. Equipping the Physics Laboratory - Strategies for developing your physics lab.
  4. Simulated Experiments - Animations, simulations, movies
  5. Probeware - Instrumentation for collecting data on a computer

Teacher Resources

  1. Lesson Plan Ideas - Catalogs of physics lesson plans.
  2. Lesson Planning - Ideas for developing semester plans
  3. Science Museums - Science museums with physics exhibits.
  4. Science Shows - Science shows that illustrate physics concepts.
  5. Professional Organizations - Organizations for physics and science teachers.
  6. Science Games - Games to enhance the physics classroom
  7. Physics News - Late-breaking news in the fields of physics and other sciences

Physics Curriculum - Planning

  1. Advanced Placement Physics - Sponsored by the College Board.
  2. Curriculum Standards - Curriculum standards for California and other states.
  3. Science Projects - Get ideas for science project

Physics Curriculum - Topics

  1. Measurement - Standards, calculators, constants, powers of ten, etc.
  2. Forces and motion - Newton's laws, velocity, acceleration, etc.
  3. Energy and momentum - Kinetic energy, potential energy, momentum, conversions, etc.
  4. Thermodynamics - Heat, work, entropy, etc.
  5. Waves - Light, Sound, Electromagnetic radiation
  6. Electricity and Magnetism - Electromagnetism, circuits, etc.
  7. Astronomy - Educational resources for teaching astronomy
  8. Technology - Applied physics, computers, etc


  1. Physics equations - Download pdf for study
  2. Physics Reference Data
  3. Chemistry Reference Data
  4. Physics equations