Interactive Journey Through Physics, MAC and Windows Version, 1/e
Cindy Schwarz, Vassar College
Bob Beichner, North Carolina State University
Published May, 1997 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1997, pp.
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A stand-alone multimedia supplement (CD-ROM) for Introductory Physics
courses both algebra-based and calculus-based.
This highly interactive CD-ROM is designed to augment the traditional
learning experiences of lecture, lab, and text. It includes several
dynamic components simulation, animation, video, and interactive
problem solving that enable students to interact and visualize
concepts in ways not possible in traditional learning programs. Content
is organized according to four main topic areas in physics mechanics,
electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and light and optics. While
the CD is designed to be interactive, professors can use any of the
simulations, animations or videos for their lectures.
Using simulations, students can ask questions and
alter the parameters of experiments to discover the answers.
39 narrated animations illustrate physics principles
at work, guiding students through explorations of different physical
- Includes more than 120 simulations of physical systems.
- Extensions are more complex problems based on the
materials learned in the basic simulation. Many take the concept a
step further. Approximately one-third of the simulations have extensions.
- Concept Check questions, available with approximately
80% of the simulations, allow students to test their knowledge of
a specific physics concept. They include many algorithmically generated
- Built-in spreadsheets enhance applicable simulations.
62 narrated video segments allow students to view
actual laboratory experiments and demonstrations.
- In addition to traditional animations, this CD-ROM also
includes animations which allow the student to observe a simulation
in an automated mode with audio descriptions to clarify the content.
For a brief overview of concepts, students can access a
written review of the subtopics covered on the CD-ROM. Hyperlinks
let students check definitions, reference equations, or run a related
animation or video in the context of the written review.
- Students can use a special video analysis tool
to conduct video-based labs, a research-proven way to help
students make mental links between a physical event and its graphical
231 problems help students build critical problem solving
skills, through a variety of interactive problem types:
- Content-rich problems (from Ken and Pat Heller)
are problems that set physics in a real-world context relevant to
students' lives. They are usually longer problems that help students
learn to isolate the pertinent data.
- Ranking task problems (from Curt Hieggelke and
participants of the Two Year College Physics Workshop Project)ranking
tasks are one of many ways to ascertain a student's understanding
of important physics concepts.
- Video problemsThere are two types of video-based
problems on the CD:
in the first type, students must answer questions about a specific
in the second type, a statement is made and the student must
decide which video segment (from selected choices) relate to the statement.
there are 32 video-based problems on the CD, with many in the
Light & Optics section.
- 149 MCAT review questions these are based
on ARCO's best-selling MCAT review guides, and offer pre-meds review
both during and after their physics course.
(NOTE: Subtopics within each module have a mix of simulations
(many with concept checks), animations, videos, quantitative and conceptual
problems, MCAT questions, topic reviews and overviews. Video analysis
tool, graphing tool and calculator are resident on the CD, accessible
when applicable. Reference material includes an equation list, glossary
and list of tables.)
Horizontal motion. Free fall motion. Projectile motion.
Boats. Airplanes. Inclined planes. Frames of reference.
Inclined planes. Collisions. Friction. Vector components.
Kinds of forces. Elevators.
Kinetic energy. Potential energy. Work. Work/energy connections.
Circular motion. Planets. Rotation and translation. Angular
momentum. Circular motion II.
Vibrations and Waves.
Simple harmonic motion. Pendulums. Standing waves. Sound
waves. Doppler effect.
III. ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM.
Temperature scales. Calorimetry. Effects on solids. Kinetic
First law. Spiral processes. Cycles, Carnot cycle.
IV. LIGHT & OPTICS.
Ohm's law. Resistors. Capacitors. RC circuits.
Coulomb's law. Electric field. Electric potential.
Constant E field. Constant B field. Through a potential.
E and B fields. Induced EMF.
Law of reflection. Concave mirror. Convex mirror. Mystery
mirrors. Mirror equation.
Snell's law. Critical angle. Index of refraction. Converging
lenses. Diverging Lenses. Prisms. Lens equation.
Principle. Single slit. Gratings.