Physics 173 Internet Question of the Week

The Questions

January 6 - January 10, 1997

Question #1:

There are a wealth of physics tutorials and instructional pages on the Internet which focus on the topic of motion. Most of the pages are written for college students; a few are written for first year high school physics students. Two popular tutorials are The Physics Classroom and the Multimedia Physics Studios. These tutorials are located at the same site - which happens to be a high school site. Use a major search engine to find either The Physics Classroom or the Multimedia Physics Studios. The most useful search engines to use for this task are HotBot (, Lycos ( and Alta Vista ( If you find The Physics Classroom, then navigate to the Multimedia Physics Studios using the links from that page.

Once you have found the homepage of the Multimedia Physics Studios, do the following:

  1. Identify the URL (address) of the home page of the Multimedia Physics Studios.
  2. Describe the search path which you took to find the page (see example description).
  3. Browse through the homepage and look at the variety of animations under the topics of either One-Dimensional Motion or Newton's Laws of Motion. (NOTE: if you have an outdated AOL browser and haven't updated recently, then you probably won't be able to view the animations. Use the Internet connection at the school or get an updated browser from AOL.) Find an animation which you like and understand. Describe the animation and discuss the physics in your own words. Finally, go one step further from what is discussed on the animation page by providing one additional representation of the motion. For example, if the motion is described by words and by graphs, extend the description further by describing the motion by numbers and with kinematic equations. Do a bang-up job on this question; it is worth two of the three extra credit points.


Question #2:

Describe a demonstration which was done in class during this past week and explain the physics principle which it illustrates.


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