Physics Teaching Resources

The following list of reviewed resources has been set up by both Carl Wenning and ISU Physics Teacher Education majors. It contains a wide array of Web-based materials that can be of use in the preparation of physics course work.

Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online (new 6/30/02)

Education Week (new 8/28/00)

Find a Teaching Position by Using Online Resources (new 8/16/00)

Sell Yourself for a Teaching Position by Posting to the WWW (new 8/16/00)

Animations of Physical Processes (neat! new 6/01/00)

Electronic Journals in the Field of Education (new 12/07/99)

Kitchen Scientists - A Guide To Home Science Experiments (new 8/11/2011)

1999 Draft Content Standards for HS Physics Teachers


Illinois State Physics Project (February 27, 2001)

Here are some recent additions... (Nov. 18, 1999)

Physics: The Way things Work

Glenbrook South High School Physics

The Science Club

Lesson Plans and Activities

Sites Related to Teaching


National Science Teacher Association 1998 Standards for Science Teacher Preparation -- This association has established ten standards for the preparation of future primary, middle school, and secondary level science teachers. These standards explain what a teacher must know and should be able to do at various points in the professional science teaching career. Standards are set for preservice (college level), induction (student teachers essentially), and professionals (teaching for about three or more years).

AETS Professional Knowledge Standards for Science Teacher Educators -- The Association for Educators of the Teachers of Science has established six standards for the preparation of science teacher educators. These six standards suggest a knowledge base for teachers of prospective teachers of science.

Illinois Learning Standards -- During 1997 the State of Illinois adopted a number of learning standards for education through high school. Standards 11 through 13 relate directly to what should be taught (but not how it should be taught) in Illinois schools. The outlines at this time are a bit sketchy, but the Illinois State Board of Education is working on expanding the standards to give a clearer view of what should be taught. At this time the Illinois Learning Standards should be studied with a copy of the National Science Education Standards by one's side.

National Science Education Standards --

INTASC Principles --

NBPTS Standards --



Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) The SMILE program at the Illinois Institute of Technology is designed to enhance the elementary and high school learning of science and mathematics through the use of the phenomenological approach. Since 1986 participants in summer sessions have been asked to create and publish a single concept lesson plan. These lesson plans include the materials needed, a suggested strategy and expected outcomes. There are currently almost 800 lesson plans available. These lesson plans are available in a number of formats and deal with a wide number of disciplines, including physics. (6/15/98)

Illinois State Physics Project This site maintains a set of newsletters (ISPP Reminder) that documents a host of practical, low cost physics demonstrations that are tried and true. Many contributions by well-known Illinois high school and university physics teachers. (2/278/01)

Resources for Physics Demonstrations This site is maintained by the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA). It has a large number of links to "online demonstration rooms" and other resources. (6/28/99)

Connecting Research in Physics Education with Teacher Education The International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics has published a new (1998) ICPE book entitled "Connecting Research in Physics Education with Teacher Education." This book was undertaken on behalf of the ICPE -- with support from UNESCO-- to make available the results of research in physics education world-wide to physics teacher educators. Edited by Andree Tiberghien, E. Leonard Jossem, and Jorge Barojas, the book draws on contributions from distinguished physics education research workers.

Yves Pelletier Software YP has created a number of Mac applications for the areas of mechanics and optics. These programs are shareware, and YP requests payment of $15 to $20 for use of his simulations. You may download versions of these programs for inspection. YP maintains a number of links in his web page to similar sources of physics teaching materials.

The Physics 2000 Project The general public has long regarded the subject of physics as incomprehensible, inaccessible, stuffy, fearsome or all of these. To combat this perception and to reach a new generation of Web-savvy students, Marty Goldman, together with faculty and staff at the University of Colorado, have created a unique and ambitious "Physics-2000" site on the World Wide Web. It features interactive virtual physics experiments, explained by dialogue among a cast of cartoon characters in a Website of over 100 pages. The virtual experiments utilize Java Applet technology, enabling users of Web browsers such as Netscape 3.0 to download parcels of code which transform the screen into a computer-mouse-guided science laboratory. An example is an image of a hand with a fluoroscope frame over it, revealing the underlying bone structure. By dragging the mouse the user can move the frame and scan the entire hand.

Physical Sciences Resource Center The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has developed the Physical Sciences Resource Center (PSRC), a multidimensional Web-based resource of physics education resources for physics teachers at all educational levels. PSRC features curricula, links to Web sites, shareware, sample assessments, job opportunities, and other valuable information. A key feature of PSRC is that links are reviewed prior to their posting, so that users can have increased confidence in the value of PSRC resources. Another feature of PSRC is that it is a resource of its users. In other words, users may submit Web sites and other resources for review. (6/05/98)

Science and Mathematics Consortium This site connects you to hundreds of useful sites, carefully organized for your convenience. The site links you to math and science resources, curriculum clearinghouses and directories, organizations, projects, and lesson plans. If you are looking for classroom activities, worksheets, job listings, conferences, or bibliographies, this website will help you find it. (6/8/99)

Bad Science Bad Science abounds and comes in many guises. This page sets out to attack only one brand: well understood phenomena which are persistently presented incorrectly by teachers and writers, presumably because they either do not know any better or because they don't really care enough to get it correct. By publicizing examples of bad science, students, teachers and writers may become sensitized to the horrors of such glib explanations or representations. (6/15/98)

The US Department of Education has a large number of publications on diverse topics.

Associations & Their Resources

American Institute of Physics
PINET: The Physics Information NETwork
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Journal of Physics
American Physical Society
National Science Teachers Association
Science's Next Wave (AAAS)

Illinois Education Association -- For Students Learn about benefits of participation in state and national associations. Benefits of student memberships include low-cost insurance for student teaching.

Physics Education Sites

Illinois State University
University of Nebraska
University of Maryland
Indiana University
Kansas State University
Ohio State University
University of Washington
North Carolina State
Alan Cairns' page on physics education resources
M.U.P.P.E.T Utilities
Project InSIGHT
Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP)
The Journal of Physics Education Research: Mission Statement
Recent Papers in Physics Education Research
Electronic Journal of Science Education
The Internet Pilot to Physics
WebPhysics at Davidson College
WebPhysics at the Air Force Academy
WebPhysics at the Indiana University



Laboratory, University, Nonprofit, and Government Resources

Stanford Linear Accelerator
Brookhaven National Lab
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility
NSF MetaCenter Computational Science Highlights
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Cornell Theory Center for Math and Science
Microworlds - Exploring the Structure
Physics Unbound
The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project Web Site


High School Information

Classroom Connect Educational Links
Project Physlab I
Introductory Digital Electronics
IMSA's Services to Educators
Ask a Physics Question

Graphing Calculator Resources

Texas Instruments Graphing Calculators
one guy's

University Course Syllabi and Materials


Physics of Energy/Environment

Interactive Physics Problem Set

Chemistry/Math/Physics course

University of Florida

Lecture Demonstrations at NCSU

Computers in the Classroom

The World Lecture Hall

Interactive Physics at University of Illinois, Chicago

Interdisciplinary course in Chemistry, Math, and Physics

CTI Physics Catalog

CAPA, Computer Assisted Personalized Approach for assignments, quizzes, and



The Interactive Physics Problem Set (UC at Berkeley)

Interactive Physics Scenarios (Mallinckrodt)

National Teachers Enhancement Network


Web Publishing


Web Style Manual

Global Campus








Julien Sprott's page

Point: It's What You're Searching For

Introducing the New Apple eMate 300

New eProbe Product Takes Science Learning Into the Real World

Intel Smart Video Recorder III

Tripmate TM: The Satellite Navigator for Your Car


Professional Societies and Organizations


American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) -

American Physical Society, Education and Outreach Division -

Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS). focused on K-12 science education -

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). teachers, supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives,

etc. involved with K-12 science education -


National Standards, State Frameworks, and Assessment


National Science Education Standards developed by the National Research Council (full text, online) - Benchmarks for Science Literacy, a set of "standards" developed by

project 2061 of the AAAS a few years earlier than the National Science Education Standards (full text online) -

Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

(NCTM) (full text, online) (no frames) (frames)

State Standards, Frameworks and Assessment. many documents (full text) relating to Standards and Assessment, from the

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) -

Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). A description of the massive 40-nation TIMSS study which

also includes, among many other things, the full text of 1) A Study of U.S. Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Teaching,

Learning, Curriculum, and 2) A Study of U.S. Fourth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement in International Context,

both based on TIMSS. -


Physics Education


North Carolina State U. a list of many websites on physics education research and other resources -

U. Washington: Physics Education Group. a group renowned for doing research on physics education. -

U. Maryland: Research and Innovation in Physics Education. an important group for research on physics education -

Directory of Sites on Research in Physics Education. a list of several such websites -


Broad Resources about K-12 Science Education


Eisenhower National Clearing House... mammoth site with all kinds of resources related to science education. -

AAAS Project 2061... a mammoth website with many documents related to systemic reform of science education. -

Annenberg /CPB Math and Science Project. databases of science education organizations, reform efforts, and web-based

resources. -

National Science Foundation's Directorate of Education and Human Resources. mammoth site of principal funding agency for

K-12 education in science, mathematics, and technology, with online documentation of many projects. -

U. Washington Astronomy Dept. links to all kinds of science education resources at all grade levels. -

EdWeb... a real potpourri of science and general education resources. -

Science for All Children... introduction to the principal issues underlying systemic reform of K-6 science education, from the

National Science Resources Center and closely related to APS' TSAI program. -

Review of Middle School Materials by NSF Panel (full text) -

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