A collection of multimedia tools for teaching physics
|Computers (and personal
computers in particular) have seen in the last years a rapid emergence
as a standard for theaching in several disciplines. A boost to this tendence
has been given by the World Wide Web, which allows to disseminate multimedia
information in a virtually processor-independent way, thus overcoming the
problem of portability. The break-through has been the appearance of
languages (like Java) which allow to fully profit of interconnection and
interactivity, and abandon a paradigm of a WWW teaching limited to a vertical
exposition with hyperlinks. Using these techniques, a teacher can organize
his/her lectures as for an "open classroom".
Why multimedia Web tools (and Java in particular) for teaching physics ? Which are the pedagogical advantages ? What about reusability, and how to practically download material from the Web and reuse it ? What about distributed and network computing ? I am trying (compatible with my limited time) to put together and make available for colleagues a practical guide containing a set of tricks that I needed a lot of time to learn: follow this link to see, and one of these days something nice could appear...
For the moment I tried to collect and mirror good interactive material around the Web: see the index below (growing fast, I hope) and a list of links which could be useful. This collection is limited to most of the material I had the chance to try with my students (thanks to them for their patience); much more material follows in the last blue box, but I need one more year of course to evaluate it impact on my classroom. A lot of useful less interactive material (movies, Mathematica files etc.) can also be found on the Web, or bought (the nice and cheap CDs from Amaldi for Zanichelli, Halliday-Resnick for Wiley etc. are good examples). One of these days I'd like to review also this material...
Write me if you have suggestions on how to improve my courses !
Thanks, Alessandro de Angelis
and of shockwave files mostly coming from
Mechanics and Fluids
Oscillations, Waves and Optics
Gamelan Overview and examples: current status of java technology
developer.com - Directories Education
developer.com - Directories Physics
Fu-Kwun Hwang's 'Virtual Pysics Java Laboratory' Physics applications relevant for schools
Java Applets on Physics Homepage of W. Fendt
Verbrennungsmotoren Engines (in german)
Java-based Physics Simulations TIPTOP
FUN@LEARNING.PHYSICS: classical mechanics with Java Mark Sutherland, Canada - top5%
Physics 2000! Colorado Uni EDI - Physics course with Java - top 5%
Kamikawa Java Applets Top Java Applets from Japan - top 5%
Uni Oregon Java Physics Collection of wphysics, recently updated
Explore Science - Interactive Science Education Shockwave top 5%
Small Collection of Physics Education Applets from Phillip Dukes
Basic Physics with Java
Problems by Wolfgang Christian Help for colleagues who want to create
their own special applications. Tools for people working in HTML for physics.