Friday, February 26, 2010

PhET: Circuit Construction Kit

You can create your own circuits and then measure voltage, current and resistance with this sim!

PhET: Charges and Fields (AP Lab and Sim)

This sim allows you to create electric fields and plot equipontential lines. You can see high-res visualizations of electric potential.

Download the lab instructions and then give the sim a try!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let Us Entertain You - Student Videos!

StudentSci Channel on YouTube
Follow the link to view sound & light shows produced by students for the chapter, "Let Us Entertain You." Rate them to vote for your favorites!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Using images from the web

It is very common to re-purpose images from the web to make a presentation look "snappier." However, in writing an academic work, you are saying "this is my work." For that reason, there are some guidelines that must be followed.

In academic work, it is important to honor the wishes of the author of images and drawings. Many authors provide permission to reuse images through Creative Commons. You will often see a symbol on the page for such works: You can search for Creative Commons images on many search engines:

When using an image for which you have permission, you should credit the author in text below the image.

You should not use images pulled from the web in academic work without permission. In the case of ray diagrams, the drawing tool in Google Docs is very good, and I am pleased to see your efforts there.

Your work will not be accepted for credit until it complies with these guidelines.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Let Us Entertain You - Raw Footage

Here are the raw videos for you to download and edit.

1) Choose the right gallery for your class period.
2) Click on the video you would like to download.
3) Click on the download button.
You don't want to download the .zip file that is offered for the whole gallery--it's too big. The extension should be .mp4.