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Physics

Pertains to the mathematical and scientific study of matter. Specializations are nuclear and particle physics, theoretical physics, mathematical physics, experimental high energy physics. In recent years research in biophysics, biocomplexity, neutrinos, and materials supporting the low energy neutron source have emerged.

The CERN Document Server  over half of the documents written since CERN was created in 1954 are available here.


The Physics collection includes books, journals, and reference materials supporting the research and teaching needs of the faculty.  The collection has depth in the areas of nuclear and particle physics, theoretical physics, mathematical physics, experimental high energy physics, and in recent years biophysics, biocomplexity, neutrinos, and materials supporting the low energy neutron source.

AIP Conference Proceedings?  For full-text, use Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

Physics Internet Resources from the American Physical Society

Periodic Table of Elements (Los Alamos, updated 10/17/12)

Physics Departments Worldwide

PHYSICS CENTRAL Learn how your world works.  Award winning American Physical Society site, chosen as one of the winners of the coveted Sci/Tech Web Awards for 2003 by the editors of Scientific American.com.

Physics Models / Demonstrations

Acoustics

Loaded String Applet
Simulation of wave motion of a string.

Rectangular Membrane Waves Applet
Vibrational modes in a 2-d membrane.

Circular Membrane Waves Applet
Vibrational modes in a 2-d circular membrane (drum head).

Bar Waves Applet
Bending waves in a bar.

Box Modes Applet
Acoustic standing waves in a 3-d box.

Acoustic Interference Applet
Generates audio interference between your speakers.

Signal Processing

Fourier Series Applet
Frequency analysis of periodic functions.

Digital Filters
Filters digital signals and plays the output on your speakers.

Electricity and Magnetism: Statics

2-D Electrostatics Applet
Demonstrates static electric fields and steady-state current distributions.

2-D Electrostatic Fields Applet
Demonstrates electric fields in various 2-D situations; also shows Gauss's law.

3-D Electrostatic Fields Applet
Demonstrates electric fields in various 3-D situations.

3-D Magnetostatic Fields Applet
Demonstrates magnetic fields in various situations.

Electrodynamics

2-D Electrodynamics Applet (TE)
Demonstrates electromagnetic radiation.

2-D Electrodynamics Applet (TM)
Demonstrates electromagnetic radiation, induction, and magnetostatics.

Analog Circuit Simulator Applet
Demonstrates various electronic circuits.

Cavity Modes Applet
Electromagnetic waves in a 3-d rectangular cavity.

Waveguide Modes Applet
Electromagnetic waves in a waveguide.

Antenna Applet
Generates antenna radiation patterns.

Fresnel Diffraction Applet
Generates Fresnel diffraction patterns.

Quantum Mechanics

Hydrogen Atom Applet
Shows the orbitals (wave functions) of the hydrogen atom.

Molecular Orbitals Applet
Shows the orbitals (wave functions) of the hydrogen molecular ion.

1-D Quantum Mechanics Applet
Single-particle quantum mechanics states in one dimension.

1-D Quantum Crystal Applet
Periodic potentials in one dimension.

1-D Quantum Transitions Applet
Radiative transitions (absorption and stimulated emission) in one dimension.

Atomic Dipole Transitions Applet
Radiative transitions (absorption and stimulated emission) in atoms.

2-D Rectangular Square Well Applet
Rectangular square well (particle in a box) in two dimensions.

2-D Circular Square Well Applet
Circular square well in two dimensions.

2-D Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Applet
Harmonic oscillator in two dimensions.

Quantum Rigid Rotator Applet
Particle confined to the surface of a sphere.

3-D Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Applet
Harmonic oscillator in three dimensions.

Linear Algebra

Dot Product Applet
Demonstrates the dot product or scalar product of two vectors.

Matrix Applet
Demonstrates 2-d transformations using a matrix.

Vector Calculus

2-D Vector Fields Applet
Demonstrates various properties of vector fields, including divergence and curl, etc.

3-D Vector Fields Applet
Demonstrates vector fields in 3 dimensions. Includes the Lorenz Attractor and Rossler Attractor.

Thermodynamics

Gas Molecules Simulation Applet
Demonstrates the kinetic theory of gases.

Thermal Camera Pictures
Some sample pictures taken with a thermal (infrared) camera. (This is not an applet but I thought I'd throw it in here anyway.)

Miscellaneous

A Sense of Scale
Provides a visual comparison of various distances, from very small objects like protons and electrons, to distances between galaxies. (Not an applet, but I thought I'd include it here anyway.)

Ordinary Differential Equations Applet
Visual differential equation solver.

Euler's Equation Applet
Demonstrates Taylor series expansion of complex exponentials.

From - http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/Applets.html - Physlets

Physics – these do not appear to have adjustable variables

  1. Cathode Ray
  2. Damped SHO
  3. Diatomic Molecule
  4. Driven SHO
  5. Forces
  6. Gauge particle
  7. Hooke's :Law
  8. Inertia
  9. Paddle Toy
  10. Two Pendula
  11. Pendulum Phase Space
  12. Popper Toy
  13. Quark Model
  14. Sliding Pendulum

Even more – from – http://physics.uwstout.edu/physapplets/ - these do not appear to have adjustable variables either

Mechanics

Vectors
Resultant of Forces, Rotating Vectors and Cones(3D)

Motion in Two Dimensions
Projectile Motion, Inclined Plane, Magnus Force and Projectile Motion The Laws of Motion
Newton's Second Laws, Newton's Cannon, Magnus Force ( K1, K2, K3, K4 ), Magnus Motion I, Magnus Motion II Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy
Newton's Cradle Momentum and Collisions
Two-dimensional Collisions, Bouncing Ball, Elastic and Inelastic Collision Angular Momentum and Torque
Pulley System, Lever Principle, Angular Momentum of a Gyral Top(3D) , Quantized Angular Momentum (3D), Angular Momentum of Electron in Hydrogen (3D) Circular Motion
Centripetal Force Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
A Uniform Cable with Changing Sag  Oscillatory Motion
The Pendulum, Spring Pendulum, Forced Oscillation, Two-Coordinate Harmonic Oscillatory Without Friction( Swapping, and Time Graph1, Opposite-phase, and Time Graph2, Same-phase), Two-Coordinate Harmonic Oscillatory With Friction( Swapping, and Time Graph1, Opposite-phase, and Time Graph2, Same-phase), Interactive of Two-Coordinate Harmonic Oscillation The Law of Gravity
Gravitational Orbits Fluid Mechanics
Hydrostatic Pressure in Liquids, Buoyant Force in Liquids, The Flow Near an Oscillating Flat Plate, Two Solitary Waves on the Water-Surface in a Canal, 1D diffusion Equation , Potential Flow, Magnus flow near a spinning cylinder, 1-D Roof Functions, Flow Through Parallel Plates, Interactive of Uniform Cable and Catenary Curve Planetary Motion
The Earth and The Sun (3D)
Equation of Motion
 


Mechanical Wave

Wave Mechanics
Coupled Pendula, Interference of Two Circular Waves, Reflection of Waves, Wavepacket, Wave Machine

Sound Waves
Huygens' Principle, Doppler Effect, Wave Phenomena Sound, Vibrating String ( Zeroth Mode, First Mode, Linear Combination of Three Modes ), String Length vs. Frequency Superposition and Standing Waves
Standing Wave FunctionsSuperposition I, Superposition II,   Standing Longitudinal Waves, Traveling Wave, Zeroth Mode, First Mode, First Mode2, Traveling Wave(linear combination), Vibration of Wave Temperature
Brownian Motion The Kinetic Theory of Gases
One-dimensional One Atom Gas Heat Engines, Entropy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Carnot Engine, Otto EngineDiesel Engine


Electricity and Magnetism

Electric Fields
Electric Field

Current and Resistance
Ohm's Law, Two Resistor Circuit, Four Resistor Circuit Magnetic Fields
Charged Particles Moving in a Magnetic Field Faraday's Law
Direct Current Electrical Motor, Generator Alternating Current Circuits
Simple AC Circuits, Three Phase AC Motor, Three Rotating  Current Vectors, Gauss's Law
Columb's Law and Gauss's Law Direct Current Circuits
Kirchhoff's Rules( Circuit 1), Circuit 2, Circuit 3, Circuit 4, Circuit 5 Sources of the Magnetic Field
Lorentz Force Inductance
Induced Current
 


Light and Optics

Geometric Optics
Refraction of Light, Converging Lens, Diverging Lens, Diverging Mirror, Total Internal Reflection, Light Through a Glass Prism , Light Through a Glass Slab, The Rainbow, Thick Lens Diffraction and Polarization
Single-Slit Diffraction, Young's Double Slit and N-slit Diffraction Additive Color
Additive Color
 


Modern Physics

Time Dilation, Oscillating of 3D Crystal, Toda Lattice Solitons, Anharmonic Local Modes, The Laser, Absorption and Emission of Radiation by an Atom, Bohr's Theory of the Hydrogen Atom, Radioactive Decay Series, Law of Radioactive Decay, Thomson Model of an Atom, Rutherford Scattering, Model Nonequilibrium System, Diffusion Limited Aggregation

(applets and models compiled by Peter Hall, SLIS, MIS May 2009) 

last updated: 10/17/2012