Physics self help
Resources for physics students
Math Review Worksheets
These are low-tech, pre-computer, self-study tutorials. Print out the PDF files. Then you read the stuff in the boxes, answer the questions and turn the page to check the answer. Work the top row of all the pages and then the second row etc.
(These are provided with the permission of the author, H.R. Crane, Univ. of Michigan.)
Problems and techniques for solving them
More interactive problems from the University of Illinois (recommended)
SmartPhysics Examples From the University of Illinois. E&M and Optics
Physics Tutorials from the University of Guelph
Problem-solving Tutorials from University of Pittsburg
Lectures and explanations
Physics Limericks from Harvard
Worked E&M examples Good for Phys141 and Phys121
Fear of Physics Site Fear not! Physics is Explained
Bob Miller's Light Walk Exploratorium classic about light and simple optics.
MIT Physics OpenCourseware At the beginning level (Physics 100)
Lewin Lectures The Lewin Lectures on Youtube, Also with help sessions
MIT TEAL course in E & M A Studio Course as taught at MIT
The Physics Classroom Tutorials, animations,questions, exercises at the Physics 100 level
Oscilloscope tutorial Video :)
Particle Adventure the universe explained by cartoons.
- PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado, uses Java or Flash.
- Paul Falstad's Math and Physics Applets Java
- Physlets Home Page Customizable Java Applets for Physics
- Michigan State Physics Applets From the home of Lon-CAPA!
- Australian Applets plus a long list of others
- Physics "Flashlets" from Virginia. (Check out the light clock). ( Chinese verson big 5 )
- National Taiwan Univ. Conceptual Learning Centre More Physlet-based applets
- Vector Visualizer from Tufts
Open Content Textbooks
There are a number physics textbooks on the Wikibooks site. Many of them are not useful because of lack of content, lack of examples or mistakes and misconceptions by the authors. The wikibooks:FHSST_Physics (High School Students Studying Physics) may be the best of the lot right now.
OpenStax College Physics At the level of 101/102
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Volume 1 so far
University of Illinois has on-line computer-scored multiple choice practice exams for its courses.
The links to these practise multiple-choice exams change every year. However, if you go to the UIUC Physics Course listing physics course listings look for Practice Exams on the course web page you will probably find them..
- 120/140-level Mechanics
- 141-level Electricity and Magnetism
- 101-level Mechanics, Fluids and Heat
- 102-level Electricity & magnetism
MIT Physics open courseware provides essay-type exam problems for practice, with solutions.
- The Mechanical Universe..and Beyond PBS TV series from CalTech. Entertaining, inspiring and informative---Flying equations!.
- Lewin Lectures The Lewin Lectures on Youtube, Also with help sessions
- Frames of Reference Hume and Ivey amaze in this classic. Directed by Richard Leacock
- A Magnet Laboratory Francis Bitter shows his stuff in his lab. Directed by Richard Leacock
- Coulomb's Law Manic physics professor Eric Rogers explains the Law. Directed by Richard Leacock, cameo appearance of Elspeth Leacock.
The emphasis here is on free stuff.
- Vernier Logger Lite (free). LoggerPro Linux (free), LoggerPro Win/Mac (30-day demo)
- Tracker Video Analysis sytem free, Java-Mac/Win/Linux
- Open Source Phyics Simulations, Modelling, Curriculum. Tools etc.
- PhysMo Open Source Video Analysis, Java-Mac/Win/Linux, free
- Physlets Java applications for simulation and animation, customizable
- PhET Browser-based java and flash simulations
- Maxima Computer Algebra System, Macsyma was a rival of Mathematica and Maple but never successfully commercialized. Maxima is an open-sourced version.
- gnuplot Grand-old data-plotting package that never fails, but may give a headache.
- LibreOffice Version of OpenOffice, an alternative to MS Office
- Latex The place to go to get Latex
- WriteLatex Online Collaborative Latex system. Immediate rendering and has templates for papers and presentations,
- Python A good programming language. has complex numbers and numerical packages, eg numpy, matplotlib
- Octave Matlab clone, open source
- SciLab Another MatLab-type package, but free and open source Comments on Octave_vs_SciLab
- ImageJ The most comprehensive and best-supported (free) image analysis software.
- Inkscape Vector drawing tool, svg-oriented, cross-platform
- svg-edit Browser-based version of Inkscape
- Xfig Can't leave this out. eps-oriented.
- Paintbrush bitmaps for mac only (sometimes you need it)
- gnuPaint Linux bitmap drawing for when gimp is just too much
- Electrical_symbols_library.svg vector electronic schematic symbols
- Old School
Classroom Response Systems
There are some inexpensive systems that use wifi and the internet to reproduce some of the functionality of the iClicker systems