Classified General Physics applets

This is a vast resource, like an alternative text book on every topic. It is at American university level, so you can understand a lot of it.

Hyperphysics is a good resource for looking things up.

These University of Colorado simulations are very good.

This set of explanations and little applets is useful, especially for A-level (e.g. mechanics)

This Open Door site has lots of excellent clear notes, with good diagrams, on A-level stuff.

You can ask this site questions about physics, which are answered by a team of experts (linked to the magazine 'Scientific American').

Physics on Course contains information on all of the physics courses available in Britain.

This site has links to lots of Applets.

This Explore science site has nice explanations of concepts in electricity, magnetism, mechanics, etc., with text, and quite attractive simple animated graphics.  I liked the explanation of current in wires, for example.  Definitely worth a look for GCSE stuff.

The Physics Classroom is an American site which is virtually a complete self-teaching text-book on line, with animations in the text.  But, of course, it is not organised to fit our syllabus, so care is needed in its use.

A general collection of links to Science and then Physics.  Do try it. It will save you a lot of bookmarks. One of the best resource web sites I have seen and now use. Most of my favourite physics sites are here. Particularly useful are the abstracts, and most important, a date when the link was added. 

How stuff works.

Essential browsing at New Scientist
Not only do these career profiles show female scientists, they describe (in adult language) their work relating to space, which so many students find fascinating. Some of the women are physicists. (Mary Wood)

Walter Fendt has produced a very useful collection of Applets. He seems have the gift, so these are really well worth a look, since you will surely find at least some of them useful. The controls are always easy, and seem to work. 

Fu-Kwun Hwang seems to be the other main collection of Applets at present. He has some nice simulations (though I prefer Mr.Fendt's). 

See also the collections of Applets - you can look for your own. 

Here is another list of applets, all on mechanics, organised by topics.  This is another remarkably useful set of notes and diagrams.   (This one is very boring)

I wonder if this stuff is any good? Let me know...

Edinformatics is an American site with a lot of self-teaching stuff, including applets.

This is information on all the Greek alphabet letters used in physics.

This is a glossary of misused and misunderstood physics terms.  It is well-judged for school use.

General information on Applets, including how to download them


Applets are any small applications that can be placed on a website. The programming language can be any one understood by your browser. Applets are most commonly programmed in Java). If you save applets you need to save all the html page (containing the applet tag), the class files that are called by the first Java class file (specified in the html applet tag by code="file.class" .) This may be done by simply bookmarking the web page and allowing the page to be seen offline on which the applet is placed. You may even find them in the temporary internet files kept in the Windows directory. To observe more recently developed Java applets using Java2, you will need to have the java plug-in or have use of the applet viewer found with the JDK1.2 (Java development kit). Both of these can be found at . If you have the downloaded html file, you need to ensure that the "codebase" refers to where you have saved the class files. Applets are the property of those who wrote them. You would be advised to seek their permission before using them offline. Normally people are only too happy to give their permission.

 David Halliday

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