## Interactive tool: Practice estimating relative sizes

August 26, 2010 by

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Interactive tool for practicing comparing two lengths, areas, and volumes. It is VERY TRICKY to judge how area and volume change with size. This tool gives you good practice. Good for physics problems to do with pressure, gravity, and other places where area or volume are important. Explore size estimation in one, two and three dimensions! Multiple levels of difficulty allow for progressive skill improvement.

## Interactive tool: How does a function releate to its Derivative and Integral (PhET / UC Boulder)

August 26, 2010 by

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Interactive tool for showing how derivatives and integrals relate to a graph of a function. Really great for experimenting with the meaning of basic calculus ideas. Intuitive and graphical. Spend a little time playing to see where the derivative is zero, positive, negative, or how the integral grows. Draw a graph of any function and see graphs of its derivative and integral. Don't forget to use the magnify/demagnify controls on the y-axis to adjust the scale.

## Interactive simulation of Vector addition (PhET / UC Boulder)

August 26, 2010 by

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Interactive simulation of vector addition. Let's you practice adding vectors in arrow style to get a feel for the math. Learn how to add vectors. Drag vectors onto a graph, change their length and angle, and sum them together. The magnitude, angle, and components of each vector can be displayed in several formats.

## Online tutorial: Scientific notation (UCel)

August 26, 2010 by

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Online tutorial on using scientific notation to describe and compute with really large and really small numbers. Great review! 17 short Flash tutorials delivered in a charming British female voice. Good graphics and examples moving step-by-step through the use of scientific notation.

## 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

August 24, 2010 by

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Downloadable simulation showing inertia in action. A simple demo, but it nails the point home. This Demonstration depicts a simple experiment, in which a small car with an object on top hits an obstacle, and the object continues its motion in the same direction and with the same speed