EDUCATION: Flash-Card Physics

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Science  11 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5519, pp. 1027
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5519.1027c

Forgot what an upsilon particle is? Want to know how your car's brakes work? Then motor over to HyperPhysics, created by Georgia State University physics professor Rod Nave for his classes of science teachers.

You'll find a huge collection of capsule reviews—cheat sheets, you could say—of material covered in introductory physics, such as electromagnetism and quantum physics. What makes the site unusual is that subjects are linked in flow charts, so visitors can wander intuitively from, say, mechanics to fluids to hydraulic brakes. Or use the site's index to bone up on scores of topics, from black holes to mesons to Faraday's law to loudspeakers.

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