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The Kerferd Library has a range of print and online books on physics for both the junior and senior school. The library also has books on physics targeted to needs of teachers. Following is a sample of some of these eBooks in the Kerferd Library collections. If promoted use you mConnect ID to log into these these services.
Senior school physics eBooks
Cool Physics Activities for Girls by
Publication Date: 2012
Get your science groove on, and check out these awesome physics projects: Magnets that wave up and down, Slime that dances to the beat, Science tools that disappear before your eyes. Physics is easy when you're having this much fun!
Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Isaac Newton was as strange as he was intelligent. In a few short years, he made astounding discoveries in physics, astronomy, optics, and mathematics-- yet never told a soul. Though isolated, snobbish, and jealous, he almost single-handedly changed the course of scientific advancement and ushered in the Enlightenment. Newton invented the refracting telescope, explained the motion of planets and comets, discovered the multicolored nature of light, and created an entirely new field of mathematical understanding: calculus. The world might have been a very different place had Netwon's theories and observations not been coaxed out of him by his colleagues. Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids paints a rich portrait of this brilliant and complex man, including 21 hands-on projects that explore the scientific concepts Newton developed and the times in which he lived. Readers will build a simple waterwheel, create a 17thcentury plague mask, track the phases of the moon, and test Newton's Three Laws of Motion using coins, a skateboard, and a model boat they construct themselves. The text includes a time line, online resources, and reading list for further study. And through it all, readers will learn how the son of a Woolsthorpe sheep farmer grew to become the most influential physicist in history.
Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost a Thing by
Publication Date: 2014
A children's instructional book on how to use readily available materials to turn the house into a science lab Physics teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat? Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children about physics topics that include magnetism, electricity, force, motion, light, energy, sound, and more, and have fun at the same time.
Physics: Investigate the Forces of Nature by
Publication Date: 2014
Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? Skateboarders use force and motion to perform tricks. If you jump up as high as you can, you'll quickly fall back to the ground. Baseball players use gravity to bring the ball back down when they throw it. When you flip a switch, electricity powers your toaster. Rock bands use electricity to put on a show. The fascinating science of physics helps you understand why forces, motion, gravity, electricity, light, and sound work in predictable ways. Combining inquiry-based activities with physics topics, Physics: Investigate the Forces of Nature features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, youtube links, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of physics and bring it to life. Projects include designing a skateboard park that maps the forces at work on the skateboarder and the skateboard, and creating a stage design for a rock band that places electric current where it is needed. Additional materials include a timeline, a list of current reference works, and Internet resources. This title meets Common Core State Standards for literacy in science and technology; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Physics: Understanding the Properties of Matter and Energy by
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
Without physics, modern life would not exist. Instead of electric light, we would read by the light of candles. We couldn't build skyscrapers. We could not possibly bridge rivers, much less build a jet or interplanetary craft. Computers and smartphones would be unimaginable. Physics is concerned with the most fundamental aspects of matter and energy and how they interact to make the physical universe work. In accessible language and with explanatory graphics and visual aids, this book introduces readers to the science that is at the very center of all other sciences and essential to our very existence.
Quantum Theory: Bullet Guide by
Publication Date: 2011
What's in this book? Open this book and you will... - Grasp Quantum theory - Understand its importance - Examine paradoxes - Explore the atom Learn about Quantum Theory: - Quantum paradoxes - Tunneling - Entanglement and non-locality - Inside the atom - Waves and particles - The random universe - Scaling things up - Applying the theory What are Bullet Guides? The answers you need - now. Clear and concise guides in a portable format. Information is displayed in an easy-to-read layout with helpful images and tables. Bullet Guides include all you need to know about a subject in a nutshell. Get right to the point without wading through loads of unnecessary information.
We're the Centre of the Universe: Science's Biggest Mistakes About Astronomy and Physics by
Publication Date: 2014
Does the universe circle around Earth? Do creatures live on the sun? Can you tell the future by looking at the stars? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies proved these ideas were nonsense. Discover science's biggest mistakes and oddest assumptions about physics and astronomy, and see how scientific thought changed over time.
CCEA GCSE Physics by
Publication Date: 2017
Exam Board: CCEALevel: GCSESubject: ScienceFirst Teaching: September 2017First Exam: June 2019Build your students' scientific thinking and practical skills with this Third Edition textbook, developed specifically for the 2017 GCSE specifications, from the No. 1 publisher for CCEA GCSE Science.- Develop understanding with clear Examples, Tips and Practical activities.- Prepare students for assessment with Test Yourself questions, Maths practice and Exam-style questions throughout. - Provides everything you need for GCSE Physics and the Physics content of GCSE Double Award Science.- Supports Foundation and Higher-tier students in one book.
Understanding Physics by
Publication Date: 2011
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Understanding Physics is a short, simple and to-the-point guide. In just 96 pages, the reader will learn all the basics, from atoms and molecules to forces, energy and quantum theory. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious, Understanding Physics is a quick, no-effort way to break into this fascinating topic.
Understand Physics by
Publication Date: 2010
Is this the right book for me? Understand Physics gives you a solid understanding of the key skills and ideas that run through the subject. You will explore the important concepts of force and motion, electricity, light, molecules, matter and space and discover the frontiers of physics. With numerous questions, answers and worked examples throughout, you will feel confident in approaching the science and applying your knowledge. Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of physics. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Physics eBooks for teachers
Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning by
Publication Date: 2014
Put student engagement on the fast-track Think action sports like skateboarding and BMX have nothing to do with physical science? Think again, especially as they relate to fundamental physics concepts--not to mention the problem solving required. What's more, because kids will want to, observing action sports is the perfect vehicle for promoting self-directed and collaborative learning . . . with Action Science as your driver's manual. Through a combination of book and video, Robertson provides all the materials you'll need to get started, with the NGSS very much in full view. You'll find: Detailed instructional methods Hands-on classroom activities and experiments Captivating video via QR codes
Companion Classroom Activities for Force and Motion: Stop Faking It! by
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Now Companion Classroom Activities for Stop Faking It! Force and Motion, proves an ideal supplement to the original book--or a valuable resource of its own. The hands-on activities and highly readable explanations allow students to first investigate concepts, then discuss learned concepts, and finally apply the concepts to everyday situations.
Making Physics Fun: Key Concepts, Classroom Activities, and Everyday Examples, Grades K8 by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
Boost student interest and understanding in the physical sciences! Teaching physical science in the elementary and middle grades can be challenging for busy teachers faced with growing demands and limited resources. Robert Prigo provides fun and engaging activities using safe, available materials that educators can easily incorporate into lesson plans. Extensive examples, sample inquiry questions, and ideas for initiating units are readily available for teachers to pick and choose from to meet student needs.
Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3-5 by
Publication Date: 2014
Break out the Velocity Radar Guns and Super Solar Racer Cars - then let the discovery begin! Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3-5, invites students to go beyond simply memorizing facts. Instead, they learn by experimenting with curiosity-piquing devices and doohickeys. The contraptions are part of 30 activities relating to eight broad areas of physical science, such as speed, friction and air resistance, and electric circuits. Like the Gadgets and Gizmos books for middle and high school, this book uses the phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach to encourage students to experience how gadgets work and then figure out why. Instead of putting theory before application, students go hands-on to learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and performance methods (as defined by the NGSS). And thanks to Air-Powered Projectiles and plasma globes, students have fun, too.
Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8 by
Publication Date: 2014
What student--or teacher--can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, and more? The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8, cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy. The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book: To improve your students' thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. To get easy-to-perform experiments that engage students in the topic. To make your physics lessons waaaaay more cool. The phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach used by the authors--two Finnish teachers and a U.S. professor--is as educational as the experiments are attention-grabbing. Instead of putting the theory before the application, PBL encourages students to first experience how the gadgets work and then grow curious enough to find out why. Students engage in the activities not as a task to be completed but as exploration and discovery. The idea is to help your students go beyond simply memorizing physical science facts. Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos can help them learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and science and engineering practices (as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards). And--thanks to those Sound Pipes and Dropper Poppers--both your students and you will have some serious fun.