The Science Works Links Page
Here we have gathered references to some interesting
and useful internet sites.
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General science references
Eric Weisstein's online encyclopedia of science
It's a bit technical, but accurate.
Another on-line encyclopedia, more oriented towards pictures than
words or equations
An exposition of physics, with some neat applets.
Some hands-on science activities
(from the San Francisco Exploratorium)
Sky and Telescope
has information about what planets are visible and other astronomical events.
Physics Demonstrations A page of links to physics demonstration
- PSRC Physical Sciences
Resource Center. It's aimed more at college
teaching, but it has a section on demonstrations and labs that might be
- From Stargazer to Starships
A book-on-the-web about spaceflight, spacecraft, and orbital motion of the
earth, with digressions into Newton's Laws. By David P. Stern
Also available in Spanish , French and Italian
- Ask AmyA review of websites
for children, emphasizing content. The
backissues archive is well worth browsing.
- Physics toys that you can make
It's quite an amazing collection. Some require special materials (which are
offered for sale) or more than ordinary mechanical skills, but they are fun
to read about.
These are interactive demonstrations, in the form of
programs that run on your computer.
- Interactive simulations
Fu-Kwun Hwang's applets
Some of these are complicated, but correspondingly there is more to
learn. And there are lots of them! Click on the bar "light/optics"
and then choose one of the many applets on the list. Particularly
interesting are "reflection/refraction", "physics of rainbow",
"the world above the water surface", "The world through a hole",
"prism: reflection and refraction" -- and that's just from the
Check out the one called
"Image formation by a converging lens"
Pages that discuss particular issues relevant to optics.
A discussion of Fresnel
Explaining how a Fresnel lens is used in lighthouses
A discussion of the polarization of light
- Some links about
- Pinhole cameras
Cameras don't need lenses! This site tells you how to make and use
a lensless camera.
- Why the sky is blue
- How Liquid Crystal Displays Work
Temperature and heat examples
Pages that discuss issues relevant to the study of temperature and heat
Electricity and magnetism examples
The Particle Adventure
An exposition of the current understanding of what is inside the
atom, by the scientists who are involved in discovering this.
Science supply companies
Question and Answer pages
There are several sites that offer to
answer any questions sent in. The quality of the answers
are rather highly variable.
Hit the "back" button to exit
- If you would like your question incompetently answered by a
Kentucky professor, you could send it to the
- PhyslinkWhat we like
about this one is that several of the answers have corrections posted -- so
someone is paying attention to accuracy.
Answers to various physics questions, of somewhat variable quality
from Argonne National Laboratory.
Questions and answers on all sorts of science questions.
Unfortunately, no one checks the answers, and too many of them
are poorly presented, fail to answer the original question, or are