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Physics Article Databases

For Starters

  • Physics Central: Learn How Your World Works
    This site exists to "describe the latest research and the people who are doing it and, if you want more, where to go on the web." Features include a writer's gallery of physicists' essays and a question and answer service about how things work. Sections highlight news, pictures, and the careers of interesting scientists. Searchable.
  • College Physics for Students of Biology and Chemistry
    A "hypertextbook written for first-year undergraduate physics students." It includes introductory information on mechanics, fluids, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, and wave physics. In addition, there is a list of symbols and abbreviations that provides formulas and definitions, as well as a timeline of significant biophysical events.
  • Fundamental Physical Constants
    A list of formulas for about three dozen physical constants, i.e., Planck Constant, Speed of Light, Avogadro Number, and Bohr Radius. In addition there are links to other useful sites, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) searchable Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty. From the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Chemistry Department.
  • Physics 2000
    An informative and fun introduction to various aspects of physics using java applets which allow learning through interaction. Some of the applets will be quite slow to load with a slower modem. From the Chemistry and Physics Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Physics and Psychophysics of Music
    An exploration of the physics of sound. Included are the frequency of sound waves, sound intensity, tones, scales, and tuning. Also covered is the physiology of hearing, the psychophysics of sound, hearing, and loudness. Additionally, there are theories of consonance and dissonance. A bibliography is included. Prepared as the course notes for an undergraduate class at the Australian National University.
  • PhysicsWeb
    Comprehensive annotated index to on-line physics resources. ALso, an annotated collection of physics related Java Applets, which include some VRML examples and a link to a Shockwave science site.
  • U.C. Berkeley Physics Lecture Demonstrations
    A collection of diagrams for undergraduate lecture demonstrations that includes the topics of mechanics, waves, heat and matter, electricity, magnetism, optics, astronomy, and more. Demonstrations may be downloaded in various formats. Links are also provided to related sites.

Sub-topics

Astronomy | Particles | Fractals | Other Topics | Journals and Databases

  • Astronomy

    • Planetary Image Atlas
      Provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and the Planetary Data System, this site is designed to eventually serve as a single interface for searching, displaying, and downloading images and data from a number of planetary missions. In the meantime, the site acts as a portal to the older individual mission collections. These include Galileo, Mars Pathfinder, Viking Lander, Viking Orbiter, Magellan, and Clementine. The site and the data featured are meant primarily for scientists in related fields, but a number of images and mosaics that are available may interest non-specialists.
    • NASA Science
  • Particles

    • The Particle Adventure
      This site "introduces the theory of fundamental particles and forces, called the Standard Model." Related links; charts and diagrams of the standard model; and a basic introduction to particle physics are also included. Also available in Spanish, French, Polish, and Slovene. From the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
    • Inquiring Minds
      An easily understood explanation of "elementary particles and forces in our universe." Included are Questions About Physics with answers from Fermilab's scientists; links to physics laboratories from around the world; a glossary and other related resources, photographs, live collisions, and more. Additionally, there is a timeline of the development of high-energy physics. From the Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, operated under a contract with the United States Department of Energy).
    • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Virtual Visitor Center
      Written for the layperson, this searchable site presents information about subatomic particle accelerators including diagrams of their different components, their history, applications, the method of detecting the particles, theories, cosmic rays, and experiments being conducted at the Center as well as Nobel Prize winners in Physics at the Center. Additionally, information about the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) is available. Included are a glossary and photos.
  • Fractals

    • Fractals Links Page
      Annotated links to sites about fractal theory, collections of fractals, download sites for fractal software, fractal music, and fractal newsgroups. Maintained by Ontario, California, Chaffey High School students.
    • Fractals Theme Page
      Annotated links to Web sites related to fractals, including explanations of what fractals are and software to make them. Provided by the Community Learning Network.
    • Infinite Fractal Loop
      A fractal art Web ring (interlinked, related Web sites) of over 100 sites. The site includes a definition of "fractal," a section on software available for creating fractals, and graphical and textual lists of the sites in the ring.
  • Other Topics

    • Theater of Electricity
      Explore the history of the Van de Graaff Generator, which "was originally used as a research tool in early atom-smashing and high energy X-ray experiments." The site also includes information about the generator's construction, with an animation of how it works and pictures of it producing sparks; of lightning and Benjamin Franklin and his kite; information and images of Tesla Coils; a discussion of lightning, including a safety quiz; resources for teachers; and a video and picture gallery. From the Museum of Science, Boston.
    • Official String Theory
      A well-done explanation of a complex theory in particle physics. Includes the basics of string theory, experiments testing string theory predictions, string theory and cosmology, and a timeline of string theory development. The String Theater presents a RealAudio colloquium by Professor John Schwarz. There are also Real Audio interviews with people involved in the research, a discussion forum, and related links.
    • Chaos at Maryland
      "Since the mid-1970s, the Chaos Group at Maryland has done extensive research in various areas of chaotic dynamics ranging from the theory of dimensions, fractal basin boundaries, chaotic scattering, controlling chaos, etc." In addition to research reports there is a chaos gallery; an extensive publications section with general references, online papers, abstracts, and The Chaos Database, a searchable database of more than 11,000 articles on nonlinear dynamics (CHAOSBIB); and a good list of links to other Web resources on chaotic behavior in systems. From the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Journals and Databases

    • Physical Review Focus
      An online service from the American Physical Society (APS), Physical Review Focus publishes selective research papers from Physical Review Letters (PRL) to provide "educational value and intrinsic interest to non-specialists" and physicists. Each story is accompanied by a link to the research paper abstract in PRL while subscribers (membership is not free) to PRL online have access to the full-text article. In addition, links to Physical News Update and Physics News Preview from the American Institute of Physics are also provided. Users have access to articles published since March 1998.
    • Los Alamos e-Print Archive.
    • Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science
      This monthly online collection, sponsored by the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics, contains articles that feature the latest research in ultrafast techniques, sources, and phenomena covering a broad range of fields, including chemistry, biophysics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, photonics, high field physics, and applications. All articles have recently appeared in one of the participating source journals.

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Associations and Organizations


Other Internet Guides

  • Physics Virtual Library
    Links to major physics topics, like optics, acoustics and vibrations, astronomy and beam physics.
  • Amusement Park Physics
    This site provides simple explanations for the physics that make amusement park rides possible. Find out what Newton's laws of motion have to do with bumper cars, design a roller coaster, or see what Galileo has to do with the design of free fall rides.
  • Physics of Racing Series
    A collection of articles exploring the physics of car racing. There is a FAQ.
  • Traffic Waves: Physics for Bored Commuters
    Ever find yourself stuck behind lines of traffic on the interstate, but when you get to the end of the slowdown there's nothing there? Now you can find out how traffic phenomena like this occur at Traffic Waves, an interesting site created and maintained by William J. Beaty, an electrical engineer in Seattle. As the site reveals, Beaty is not an expert in "traffic physics" but rather a commuter who has had plenty of time to observe traffic patterns and try different experiments. In addition to several essays on traffic patterns and experiments, the site features illustrations, animations, related links, and a FAQ. A fun site for anyone who spends too much time behind the wheel.