Physics is all around us and the sites listed here do a great job in showing
the relevance of what we are learning in class to other situations.
Still trying to get a feel for metric units? Want to know how to
convert pints into liters? Sounds like you need the table of common
equivalent weights & measures. NIST also has a searchable
of fundamental constants- a very handy reference for the future.
Also, I've collected a few tables of typical values
of mass, speed, etc. expressed in SI units.
This semester will see more integration, while most of what we'll do in
our class will be simple polynomials and trig functions, you may occasionally
run into something more complicated. If so, you might want to look
at a collection of integrals or use Wolfram's
The electron wasn't "discovered" until 1897! The history
of the groundbreaking experiments can be found at the American Institute
of Physics. The Institute of Physics also has a nice exhibit on the
of the electron and JJ
Lightning is one of nature's
most impressive electrical demonstrations. Here are a few sites that
discuss various aspects of lightning
How Stuff Works also has an article on Van
de Graaff generators (including ideas on how to build your own).
Circuits rleated material
If you're interested in learning more about the physicists who have helped
make great advances in electricity and magnetism, then you might want to
look at Leonard Taylor's history
The Physics Department has a few
pages that may be of interest to 101 students. There are pages designed
to help students
answer the important questions in life, such as "What I can do with a physics
degree?" Or, "Where can I intern?" Other pages talk about the
in the world of physics (everything from research to limericks).
The Learning Resource Center is a
great place for students to find some tutoring and assistance.
The LRC offers physics, math, and chemistry group tutoring. They
have even prepared a "how
to solve word problems" tip sheet. In addition to course based
tutoring, LRC also offers workshops
on how to study, how to prepare for tests and studying to the MCAT, LSAT
Society of Physics Students! Okay, it's easier to say- SPS!
Come meet other students who enjoy science, hear guest speakers (often
your fellow students), and eat some snacks.