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Fact sheet: Physical constants

August 25, 2010 by

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Well organized tables showing the names, symbols, and magnitudes for most of the physical constants you'll ever need to us There are many physical constants in science, some of the most widely recognized being the speed of light in vacuum c, the gravitational constant G, Planck's constant h, the electric constant ε0, and the elementary charge e. Physical constants can take many dimensional forms: the speed of light signifies a maximum speed limit of the universe and is expressed dimensionally as length divided by time; while the fine-structure constant α, which characterizes the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, is dimensionless.

Interactive java app: Zoom in by powers of ten down to the nanoscale

August 25, 2010 by

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Interactive java app that let's you zoom in and out from the cosmic scale down to the nanoscale. Good for practicing scientific notation and Greek prefixes. View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree and move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons