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A Glossary of Frequently Misused or Misunderstood Physics Terms and Concepts

The Glossary of Frequently Misused or Misunderstood Physics Terms and Concepts is provided by Donald E. Simanek of Lock Haven University. The glossary is said to focus on those terms which give students particular difficulties in physics such as Avogadro's constant, centrifugal force, closed system, electricity, experimental error, kinetic energy, and many more. This simple site contains no...
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

[Note: Site review from the "Where Are They Now" section of the August 8,1997 Scout Report: "The American Institute of Physics was featured in the August 5, 1994 edition of the Scout Report. AIP has one of the most long standing presences of any scholarly society on the Internet. The AIP site contains employment opportunities, links to its ten member organizations, its publications, and programs....
Atomic Orbitals

The Atomic Orbitals Web site "was established as part of an (ongoing) project at Purdue University to develop 'visualization modules' for general chemistry students." Using the Chime plug-in, which allows unique and stunning visualizations, visitors can learn what an atomic orbital is; what the 1s, 2s, 3s, 2p, 3p, and 3d orbitals are; what hybrid orbitals are; and more. The combination of...
Australian Centre for Astrobiology

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology performs research in physics, astronomy, and cosmology, as well as investigates the possibility of life beyond Earth. After learning about the Centre's latest news and events, users can find summaries of the many current research projects including studies of ancient hydrothermal systems, remote sensing of the atmosphere of Venus, and varying constants. The...
Black Holes

The first website (1), created by the Department of Physics at Syracuse University, provides an educational, easily understandable explanation of the characteristics of a black hole. Students can learn the consequences a spacecraft would face if it traveled near or through the horizon of a black hole. The next website (2 ), created by the Amazing Space education group of the Space Telescope...
California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics

The California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics "is dedicated to exploring fundamental problems in physics (e.g. gravitation, inertia, the nature of mass) as well as very-long range technological possibilities that may emerge from the properties of the quantum vacuum." The Web site offers information about the organization as well as online articles such as Mass Medium, Nature of Mass,...
Center for History of Physics

The mission of the American Institute of Physics' (ADP) Center for History of Physics "is to preserve and make known the history of modern physics and allied fields." Visiting the History Exhibits, teachers and students can find interactive tutorials about many prominent physicists and important research such as Heisenberg's theory of uncertainty and the discovery of the electron. Users can search...
Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation: Periodic Table

This interactive periodic table created by the Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation provides x-ray properties for the elements. For each element, users can find data on its chemical properties, edge energies, edge jumps, and fluorescence yield. By adding an energy value, users can receive x-ray cross-sections at that energy, which includes photoelectric, coherent, and...
Conference on the Applications of Density Functional Theory in Chemistry and Physics

The 11th International Conference on the Applications of Density Functional Theory in Chemistry and Physics (DFT) scheduled Sept. 11-15 in Geneva will include plenary lectures, oral contributions, and posters "devoted to both fundamental and applied aspects of density functional theory." The website offers information on the scope of the conference, the invited speakers, and social events....
Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) "is a high-intensity high-energy X-ray source" for research in many scientific fields including materials science, physics, and chemistry. Researchers can learn about how they can join the six to seven hundred scientists who visit CHESS each year to collect data. The website features the Nobel Prize winner and CHESS user Rod MacKinnon's research in...
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