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TeachEngineering: Physics Curriculum
TeachEngineering has a massive collection of more than 300 K-12 physics lessons, activities, and other resources covering topics like Newton's laws of motion, fluid dynamics, the principles of electricity and magnetism, and more.
Institute of Physics: Physics Resources
Institute of Physics has a series of fun resources for exploring physics with your family and students. Its series, “Do Try This at Home” has physics activities and projects that are accompanied by video instructions. It has illustrated guides to basic physics concepts and offers downloadable activity packets for students.
The American Association of Physics Teachers’s ComPADRE project has an extensive repository of physics teaching and learning materials. You can find lessons, activities, teacher’s guides, and other resources on topics such as optics and photonics, nuclear physics, computational modeling, and tons more.
Teach-nology: Physics Lesson Plans
Teach-nology offers a large collection of physics lesson plans on electricity and magnetism, matter mechanics, light and color, waves, motion and forces, thermodynamics, and more.
Science Buddies: Physics Lessons and Projects
Science Buddies has a large collection of K-12 lessons, activities, and science projects covering a range of STEM topics, including physics. Topics covered include buoyancy and density, the kinetic energy of roller coasters, the principles of simple machines, and more.
The Physics Classroom
The Physics Classroom is an educational website by high school physics and chemistry teacher, Tom Henderson. The site hosts physics tutorials, videos, and multi-media resources. Topics covered include motion, energy, electricity, waves, light and color, thermal physics, and more.
HippoCampus provides free, multi-media content in many subjects, including Algebra, Physics, Calculus, Environmental Science, U.S. History and more. It is a bit awkward to navigate around entire books on the site, but there is a wealth of information online at no cost.
Khan Academy Physics
Khan Academy offers complete physics course materials for middle school, high school, and AP Physics.
Weather and Climate Physics Lessons
Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics offers comprehensive lesson plans on topics that relate to the weather and climate, such as the conservation of energy, radiation, pressure, density, convection, and more.
Greg Clements: Introductory Physics Videos
Greg Clements is an Astronomer and Physicist who has a comprehensive collection of introductory Physics videos on his YouTube Channel that includes short lectures and solutions to numerical problems. The videos on are indexed on his website and cover topics like Trigonometry, Calculus, Motion, Newton’s Laws, Conservation Laws, Thermodynamics, Waves, Electrostatics, Waves, Kinetic Energy, and much more.
Google Arts & Culture: Physics Resources
Google Arts & Culture has a large collection of online physics resources, including interactive exhibits, virtual tours, lesson plans, and other educational materials. Learn about famous physicists, the history of physics and more.
Exploratorium: Physics Resources
The Exploratorium offers a large collection of resources and experiments that cover a wide range of physics topics and principles. Explore exhibits on the science of sound, investigate magnetism and electromagnetism, learn about the principles of light and optics, and more.
Ology, an educational website from the American Museum of Natural History, offers fun and educational activities to introduce young students to physics concepts, including energy, gravity, light, color, and more.
Physics4kids offers an introduction to basic physics and covers topics like motion, heat and thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, light, and more.
Universe and More: Physics Games
The Universe and More website is a fun project by AP Physics teacher Matthew Blackman that offers games, apps, and videos for exploring introductory physics concepts like waves, electricity, motion, and more.
PhET Physics Simulations
PhET, from the University of Colorado Boulder, offers interactive physics simulations on Gravity, Waves, Diffusion, Energy, Light, and more.
Physclips is an educational website from the University of New South Wales that offers physics animations, film clips, interactive tutorials, and supporting pages for learning or teaching senior high school or introductory university physics. Offers materials covering mechanics, waves and sound, and light.
The Interactive Plasma Physics Experience
The Interactive Plasma Physics Experience is an educational website by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory that delves into the realm of plasma physics with educational resources and experiments. Explore topics such as magnetic confinement, plasma turbulence, and plasma waves in fusion experiments.
Real World Physics Problems
Real World Physics Problems is an educational website that uses practical applications and real-world problem-solving scenarios to deepening your grasp of physics concepts. Learn about physics via amusement park rides, battles and weapons, engineering, sports, and more. Designed for high school and up.
Amusement Park Physics Interactive
Annenberg Learner has an interactive guide that explains the physics of various types of amusement park rides. Explore the conservation of energy on roller coasters, gravitational forces on amusement park rides, and analyze centripetal motion in carousel design. For grades 6-12.
Albert Einstein Biography
Learn about Albert Einstein's life, word, and Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 from the The Nobel Foundation.
The People and Discoveries of Physics and Astronomy
Learn about the important people and discoveries in physics and astronomy from this databank from PBS. It starts with the discovery of the quantum nature of energy in 1900 and ends with the introduction of cosmic string theory in 1976. You can search by topic or by person.
Math and Science help website for students grades 6-12. Offers Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math helps for kids looking at AP, IB, and school programs. Formerly wonderwhizkids.com