The following pages from The Physics Classroom were among our most trafficked pages during the second week of March.
1. Minds On Physics Internet Module
As always, the Minds On Physics approach had a strong showing; but this week was a bit busier than busy. These Shockwave-based interactive questioning modules provides students a workout in thinking, reasoning, and conceptualizing. The modules deliver questions in a random manner from a bank of questions on a narrow topic. If a question is missed, then a similar question is delivered until it is answered correctly. Its game-like nature and the access to question-specific help make it a hit with students; its emphasis on mastery learning and the ability to track student progress make it a hit with teachers.
2. Rocket Sled at The Physics Interactives
The Rocket Sled was our hottest simulation in the Physics Interactives section of the website. Learners investigate the effect of forces (or the lack thereof) upon the motion of a rocket sled. Friction can be turned on and off and the mass can be changed. And now with the new guided exercise, teachers can feel confident that student's inquiries are directed towards a clear goal.
3. Newton's Second Law at the Physics Classroom Tutorial
The Newton's Second Law page at The Physics Classroom Tutorial was our top page at the Tutorial. Part of the ever-popular Newton's Laws chapter, this lesson helps to develop both a conceptual and a mathematical foundation for Newton's second law. The emphasis on constructing free-body diagrams, breaking apart a problem into its parts, and solving for an unknown is one of the strongest features of this lesson. Numerous examples are provided.