The conference is over and back when there was snow on the ground, someone asked me to come up with physics sites. Physics is not my thing; it reminds me of something my mother used to threaten to give me - not a pleasant thought. Therefore if I have to do Physics, it has to be fun!
First - What in the world is "physics"? http://www.wordreference.com/English/definition.asp?en=physics
Apparently physics gets to be a lot of things - the branch of science concerned with the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them. It is based on mathematics and traditionally includes mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, and heat. Modern physics, based on quantum theory, includes atomic, nuclear, particle, and solid-state studies. It can also embrace applied fields such as geophysics and meteorology.
With this mixed bag of subject matter (pun intended) and spring in the air, why not rejoice and sing?! Physics songs. There is actually a CD out there of Physics songs, Physics Pholk songs, in part funded by an NSF grant! http://www.harmonpublishing.com/items/physics_pholk_songs/
How about a seasonal rendition of the 12 Days of Newton? "On the first day of Newton , Sir Isaac gave to me The acceleration due to Gravity " The other 11 days can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/physics/misc/physcarols.htm#12b
Also in the Top Physics Phorty (probably sung by Phish) is a cute little ditty, Doppler Shifting. http://www.astrocappella.com/doppler.shtml This page comes complete with an .mp3 version for listening pleasure and includes lyrics. It's a gas (or is that a different branch of science?) but by all means visit http://www.astrocappella.com/ where you can buy their CD for $15 -
"13 original, astronomically-correct songs spanning the Universe ..."
These people are serious educators who learned the value of songs and multimedia in helping kids learn. You remember "In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue." ( I never knew there was an entire poem; go to http://www.teachingheart.net/columbus.htm) Social studies teachers do not have the market on great techniques to educate kids. The physics people have learned that rhyming, rapping and singing are a great way to motivate and assist students in the learning process. And remember, the sites listed below cover a multitude of topics.
• http://www.astrocappella.com/ lyrics, plans, activities, multimedia
• http://www.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/ PhysicsSongs.org but make sure you click on the link to
• http://www.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/database/search.htm the motherlode, a database of songs on electricity, scientists, optics, astronomy, quantum mechanics, it's all here(hear)
• http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs/ Singing Science Records, by Hy Zaret who also wrote "Unchained Melody" (think Righteous Brothers and Ghost)
• http://www.scientainment.com/songs.html .MP3s and lyrics, science songs and media , including links to The Physics Chanteuse and Cosmic Cabaret (can you believe this!?)
• http://www.tranquility.net/~scimusic/resources.html science resources, all with a song in their heart
• http://www.tranquility.net/~scimusic/SSA/contest.html - links to a science songwriting contest for students!!!
• http://www.teachtsp.com/classroom/scicourt/scsongs.html Tom Synder's Science Court, songs and lyrics
• http://chemlab.pc.maricopa.edu/periodic/lyrics.html No list would be complete without Tom Lehrer's Elements. Click on the Flash animation.
• http://www.ups.edu/faculty/gcrowther/Misc/Songs/lyrics.shtml Science songs
• http://www.astro.washington.edu/kevin/songs.html constellations, astronomy
• http://songsforteaching.homestead.com/Science.html Songs for teaching science, environment
If you need the less than lively links to Physics, try these and tune in later when I try my sleight of hand with Physics again.
• http://www.einet.net/galaxy/Science/Physics/Education/ resources for Physics in Education, categorized by grade and by subject or consider
• http://www.einet.net/galaxy/Science/Physics.html for resources in physics in general, acoustics, past the speed of light to X-Rays