The Physics Classroom and Distance Learning

We've had a phrase in our heads for a long time that sums up our mission: "serving students, teachers and classrooms." Every resource on our website has been fueled by the passion to put a tool in the hands of a student or a teacher to help them more effectively learn or teach physics. During this COVID19 pandemic, The Physics Classroom has numerous tools to address the distance learning needs of students, teachers, and "classrooms". We believe that the resources described below will be your best resources during this transition from classroom teaching to distance learning.


Version 2 Concept Builders

Concept Builders are interactive questioning modules that target a discrete learning outcome. Most recently, we have introduced Version 2 of these Concept Builders. Version 2 offers the capability of tracking and storing student progress in a database. This capability allows teachers to acquire accounts, populate their classes with students, and view their progress on an assigned Concept Builder. On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, we rolled out Version 2 as a fee-based program.  Grab a subscription and get started today.

Learn more about Version 2 Concept Builders.


Physics Simulations

The Interactives section of our website consists of a large collection of interactive simulations. Most of the simulations are accompanied by one or more ready-to-use, inquiry-based activities that guide students through a collection of steps towards an intended outcome. With a little effort, you will likely be able to navigate this section and find an activity that fits perfectly into your current unit. Visit the Physics Interactives.


Minds On Physics the App

Are you a 1:1 school with iPads or Chromebooks? You might be interested in our Minds On Physics apps. Give your students an exercise in close reading, deep thinking, sense making, and reflecting upon one's own understanding. Common misconceptions are confronted and superficial understandings are challenged by these intensive questioning modules. And student progress is stored in a built-in database that allows teachers to easily determine whether a task has been completed or not. Learn more about Minds On Physics the App.


The Physics Classroom Tutorial

Our Tutorial section has been the staple of our website for a couple of decades. It is the "textbook" of our website. The Tutorial presents concepts in a logical manner and easy-to-understand language. Many teachers assign these pages as student readings. And while we are far from finished, we have even begun the conversion of our written tutorial into a video tutorial. Visit our Tutorial.


Curriculum Corner and the Solutions Guide Download

Our recently updated Curriculum Corner consists of a collection of more than 200 downloadable PDF files designed to lead students to an understanding of basic principles in a developmental manner. Questions on a given page tend to build upon previous questions so that a conceptual understanding of the topic is gradually developed. PDF files are available for every unit covered at The Physics Classroom Tutorial. The Physics Classroom also sells a product called the Solutions Guide that provides purchasers with the source documents (Microsoft Word files), answers and solutions, and a broader set of licensing rights. Visit the Curriculum Corner.


Question Bank Download

The Physics Classroom distributes a Question Bank with more than 9300 high-quality questions that target students' conceptions of physics principles. The questions are available as Microsoft Word documents and neatly organized according to topic, allowing a teacher to quickly copy and paste them into quizzes, tests and other documents. The Question Bank is the perfect tool for busy teachers. The Question Bank is available as a Paid download or mail-able CD for $25. Learn more about the Question Bank.


The resources described above are the ones that we believe will serve you best during these times. But we invite you to peruse the many other resources on our website ... like the Calculator Pad,  the Review Session, the Science Reasoning Center, or the Multimedia Physics Studios


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