EDUCATION: On-Screen Physics

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Science  01 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5791, pp. 1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5791.1211c

Physics topics such as kinematics and traveling waves are obvious subjects for teaching animations. But plenty of other ideas become clearer if they're put in motion, as shown by this collection of Flash animations from physicist David Harrison of the University of Toronto in Canada. Harrison's 87 creations will help introductory students follow the dynamics of a projectile, for example, or understand the time-dilation effect predicted by Einstein's special theory of relativity. Included is the double-slit experiment illustrating the wave-particle nature of electrons.

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