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M&MΠ(tm) Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic Particles
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In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and ...

In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and make a model of an atom (Bohr model). This activity will help familiarize learners with subatomic components of an atom as well as nuclear notation of the periodic table.

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Engineering
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Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Eric Muller
The Exploratorium
Quantum Physics: An Introduction
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Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, ...

Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, wave/particle duality, Planck's Constant, de Broglie wavelength, and how Newton's Laws go right out the window on a quantum level.

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Education
Physics
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003
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Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, ...

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials, and introduction to hydrogenic systems.

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Physics
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M.I.T.
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Young S. Lee
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
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The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne ...

The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia provides links to news articles and information on research programs and educational programs for university students and the general public. There is also information on the Centre's education and outreach programs, including Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO), which concentrates on fundamental concepts and key issues in contemporary astronomy for amateur astronomers, educators and communicators, people working in related fields, and the general public. Other materials include Cosmos, an online astronomy encyclopedia for general audiences; information on AstroTours, 3D virtual tours of astronomical objects and phenomena; and information on SpaceWorks, the Centre's commercial arm for combining projection and visualization technology with educational content.

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Astronomy
Physics
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NSDL Staff
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Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) combines the resources and research facilities ...

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of those basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the university. The site provides information on the organization's research activities, grouped into six topic areas: the solar system; stars, planets, and origins; galaxies; cosmology; laboratory astrophysics; and extreme astrophysics. The education and outreach page includes links to professional development materials, curriculum materials, and information on informal education programs and education research projects. Other materials include an image gallery, an almanac on the current night sky, and information on four strategic science themes selected by CfA for concentration of expertise and investments: cosmology, galaxies, stars and planets, and extreme astrophysics.

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Astronomy
Physics
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Astrophysics I, Spring 2006
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Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. ...

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. Stellar structure equations and survey of stellar evolution. Stellar oscillations. Degenerate and collapsed stars; radio pulsars. Interacting binary systems; accretion disks, x-ray sources. Gravitational lenses; dark matter. Interstellar medium: HII regions, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, dust; radiative transfer; Jeans' mass; star formation. High-energy astrophysics: Compton scattering, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, cosmic rays. Galactic stellar distributions and populations; Oort constants; Oort limit; and globular clusters.

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Astronomy
Physics
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Chakrabarty, Deepto
Quantum Physics II, Fall 2013
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Together, this course and 8.06 Quantum Physics III cover quantum physics with ...

Together, this course and 8.06 Quantum Physics III cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern physics. Topics covered in this course include the general formalism of quantum mechanics, harmonic oscillator, quantum mechanics in three-dimensions, angular momentum, spin, and addition of angular momentum.

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Physics
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M.I.T.
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Barton Zwiebach
Astrophysics II, Fall 2004
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Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups ...

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups and clusters; dark matter. Intergalactic medium; x-ray clusters. Active galactic nuclei: unified models, black hole accretion, radio and optical jets, etc. Homogeneity and isotropy, redshift, galaxy distance ladder. Newtonian cosmology. Roberston-Walker models and cosmography. Early universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, recombination. Cosmic microwave background radiation. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation.

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Astronomy
Physics
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M.I.T.
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Schechter, Paul
Quantum Physics III, Spring 2005
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Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Time-independent ...

Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Time-independent approximation methods: degenerate and non-degenerate perturbation theory, variational method, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, applications to atomic and molecular systems. The structure of one- and two-electron atoms: overview, spin-orbit and relativistic corrections, fine structure, variational approximation, screening, Zeeman and Stark effects. Charged particles in a magnetic field: Landau levels and integer quantum hall effect. Scattering: general principles, partial waves, review of one-dimension, low-energy approximations, resonance, Born approximation. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Students research and write a paper on a topic related to the content of 8.05 and 8.06.

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Physics
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M.I.T.
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Rajagopal, Krishna
The Restless Universe
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The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the ...

The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route from classical to quantum physics will be laid out for you without recourse to challenging mathematics but with the fundamental features of theories and discoveries described in sufficient detail to whet your appetite for further physics study.

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Physics
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The Open University
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The Open University
Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics, Spring 2003
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Study of physical effects in the vicinity of a black hole as ...

Study of physical effects in the vicinity of a black hole as the basis for understanding general relativity, astrophysics, and elements of cosmology. Extension to current developments in theory and observation. Energy and momentum in flat spacetime; the metric; curvature or spacetime near rotating and nonrotating centers of attraction; the Global Positioning System and its dependence on general relativity; trajectories and orbits of particles. Subject has online component and classroom lectures are replaced with online interactions: manipulation of visualization software, access to websites describing current research, electronic submission of homework, and structured online discussions between undergraduates and alumni and with instructors and graduate specialists in the topics covered.

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Physics
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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Bertschinger, Edmund
Concepts of Galactic Astrophysics - Exercise Sheets
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Ex 1: Saha Equation, Jeans Instability, Free-Fall Time Scale (.pdf)Ex 2: Accretion ...

Ex 1: Saha Equation, Jeans Instability, Free-Fall Time Scale (.pdf)Ex 2: Accretion to a Hydrostatic Core (.pdf)Ex 3: taken from http://www.johnpratt.com/items/astronomy/exercises/hrquiz.htmlEx 4: Nuclear Time Scale, Energy Output by Nucleosynthesis (.pdf)Ex 5: Slow Contraction Phase, Stellar Evolution (.pdf)Ex 6: Mass-Luminosity Relation, Stellar Wind, Line Driven Winds (.pdf)Ex 7: Supernova Maximum Light, Neutron Star Rotation, Neutron Star Blackbody Emission, Chandrasekhar Mass Limit (.pdf)Ex 8: Band Filters, Saturn, Fluxes and Magnitudes (.pdf)Ex 9: Hubble Space Telescope, The Light Curve of a Binary, Double-line Spectroscopic Binary (.pdf)Ex 10: Newtonian Schwarzschild Radius, Keplers Laws, Exoplanet around Glise 581 (.pdf)

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Astronomy
Physics
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University of Innsbruck
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Harald Hí_ller
Josef Stí_ckl
Afterschool Universe
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This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. ...

This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts (like invisible light, telescopes) and focuses on the universe outside the solar system (stars, galaxies, black holes). The program is structured for use in a variety of settings, including astronomy days, summer camps, or year-long afterschool programs. Although session activities build concepts sequentially, each session activity is designed to be freestanding as not all participants may attend every session. A manual provides background information and descriptions of how to conduct each activity. A companion website provides additional information and resources for the program leader.

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Physics
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NASA
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Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics
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This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are ...

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out.

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Yale University
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Charles Bailyn
How Many Universes are There?
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The fact that no one knows the answer to this question is ...

The fact that no one knows the answer to this question is what makes it exciting. The story of physics has been one of an ever-expanding understanding of the sheer scale of reality, to the point where physicists are now postulating that there may be far more universes than just our own. Chris Anderson explores the thrilling implications of this idea. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 5-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

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Philosophy
Astronomy
Physics
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TED
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Anderson
Andrew
Chris
Park
Evidence for the Expanding Universe
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In this activity, students examine the first line of evidence, galactic motion, ...

In this activity, students examine the first line of evidence, galactic motion, for the notion of an expanding universe. By examining the spectrum of light from a galaxy, students can determine whether a galaxy is moving toward or away from us, and how fast. Students will look at optical images of four galaxies, compare the emission spectra from these same four galaxies, and measure the wavelength of the red hydrogen line for each galaxy. This activity is part of the "Cosmic Questions" educator's guide developed to support the Cosmic Questions exhibit. This activity can be used in conjunction with, or independently of, the exhibit.

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Physics
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NASA
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History of the Universe
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Students investigate how old the universe is and when important events took ...

Students investigate how old the universe is and when important events took place in the universe and on Earth. They draw the universe timeline from the beginning until today on the scale of a year.

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History
Mathematics
Physical Science
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Activities and Labs
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International Astronomical Union
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