About the Physics Front
The Physics Front resource collection supports secondary physics and physical science teachers seeking to integrate high-quality materials into their lessons. We began the collection in 2003 as part of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), and it has now grown to over 1500 resources. We devote ourselves to identifying and organizing web-accessible materials for a wide range of pre-college science courses including Conceptual Physics, Algebra-Based Physics, AP Physics, Physics First, and Middle School Physical Science. Equally important, we mine the web for research and timely articles that address how students learn physics.
The Editors and Users of The Physics Front select physics resources based upon the quality of content, best-practice pedagogy, affordability and ease of classroom set-up, and web site accessibility. The resources, all carefully selected and reviewed, represent a variety of instructional methods, including Inquiry, Project-Based Learning, Modeling, Blended Learning, Experiential Learning, Multisensory Instruction, Cooperative Learning, and Socratic Dialog. Resources are continuously checked and updated by the Physics Front editorial staff for use in lesson plans, activities, labs, and demonstrations. Priority is given to materials that promote engaged learning, visualization, student interactivity, and multimedia experiences.
Materials are organized by:
- Level and Audience
- Pedagogy and Classroom Use
- Format and Cost
We provide detailed descriptions of the resources to help teachers discover and use materials suited for their classes. Connections between resources that complement or support each other are made both for individual resources and in topical units. The Physics Front also connects teachers and students to all other ComPADRE collections, the NSDL, and other partners in science education, giving access to an even broader selection of materials.
Users of the Physics Front are encouraged to participate by submitting good materials, making comments, and building personal collections in their online file folders. Folders can be private, public, or shared for collaborative development. Although anyone may search the database, participation requires the user to create an account. Registration is free and requires only a name, email address, and country.
The Physics Front is a service provided by the American Association of Physics Teachers. It is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.