Yes, it’s been awhile since my last post. We’ve had some family excitement in the recent past, including two difficult losses, but I’m thrilled to most recently have added a baby girl to our family (I’m heading to the hospital to bring mom and baby home today!) All are well, and we’re so excited and blesses to have such a wonderful addition.
I’ve been long overdue on this post, but wanted to share a great online resource with high school physics teachers. Anthony Mangiacapre, author of the terrific St. Mary’s Physics Online site, has another winner on his hands.
123Physics is a site that includes more than 1300 multiple choice questions to assist students in preparing for the NY Regents Physics exam (as well as most any algebra-based physics course). It includes link to the St. Mary’s online physics lessons, Tony’s terrific Youtube video channel, and even a collection of physics clipart.
Most attractive, though, is the set of online review questions. Tony has set up the site to allow students to take a full Regents exam online (multiple choice questions), with selections from many recent exams (2000s). Further, you can set up practice quizzes on the following topics:
- Modern Physics
Upon choosing a main topic, you can select a sub-topic to focus on. For example, the waves topic is broken up into:
- EM Waves
- Index of Refraction
- Wave Characteristics
- Wave Phenomena
From there, you can choose which type of question to focus on, either general knowledge, reference table, or plug-in types. This provides students a huge range of quizzes they can create to test their knowledge on any specific topic, or type of problem. In my experience, students MUCH prefer doing work on the computer compared to hard copy paper — for some reason it just seems to be more fun and/or engaging, and the instant feedback provided allows students to fix their mistakes and work through any issues immediately.
Tony already has a tremendously valuable student resource in his St. Mary’s Physics Online resource, and with the addition and tie-in of 123Physics along with his Youtube videos, Tony has managed to share his terrific resources with not just his students, but with all interested students and educators.