Applied Physics

Open Courseware and Resources (Applied Physics, Astropohysics, Astronomy, Cosmology)

- Applied Physics: general term for physics which is intended for a particular technological or practical use (Wikipedia).

About Physics

  • American Physical Society (APS) Why Study Physics? - Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science
  • open.michigan, What is Physics? - A framework for describing the structure and function of the natural world; 22 slides
  • OpenStax CNX, What is physics? - physics is defined as that branch of science which studies natural phenomena in terms of basic laws and physical quantities; the knowledge in OpenStax CNX can be shared and built upon by all because it is reusable
  •, What is physics? - physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting

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Interactive Science Simulations

interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena: ongoing effort to provide extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned

Software & Web Projects

Java simulations: nonEuclid (Interactive Java software for creating ruler & compass constructions), paper-folding-fractals (Java software & HTML documentation), DFIELD & PPLANE (interactive tools for differential equations), CrystalLab (exploring interaction of light, crystals, & water droplets)

Quantum Computation Lecture Notes and Homework Assignments

developing basic elements of computational theory without assuming any background in physics, introduction to quantum theory from a computer-science perspective, illustrates quantum-computational approach with several elementary examples of quantum speed-up before major applications (Shor's factoring algorithm, Grover's search algorithm, quantum error correction): discussion

Theory of Quantum Information & Quantum Computation

theory of quantum information & quantum computation, overview of classical information theory, compression of quantum information & transmission of through noisy channels, quantum entanglement, quantum cryptography, overview of classical complexity theory, quantum complexity, efficient quantum algorithms, quantum error-correcting codes, fault-tolerant quantum computation, physical implementations of quantum computation

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

brings computational exploration to the widest possible audience, open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts, free player runs all demos: Browse Latest, Random Selection, FAQs, Authoring area

Musician's Acoustics

introduction to the science of musical sound for musicians: physical basis of timbre, spectral analysis and harmonic series, physical basis for scales and intervals, vibrations and resonance, science behind musical instruments, human voice, hearing perception and concert hall acoustics

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