Resources for Teaching Physics Online


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many physics classrooms to go online. QuarkNet has collected resources to help teachers in this situation. We do not officially endorse these resources but rather make them available for teachers to evaluate themselves. We do add comments where appropriate.

We've added some "Hat Tips" (H/T) to folks who have contributed resources. This really is a QuarkNet-and-beyond team effort. 


General Resources for Online Physics:

  • This AAPT Florida site has both good practices and good resources: it seems like a great place to start. H/T Adam LaMee.
  • GoLab is an EU online project. It has many online labs (more than we have time to check out). H/T Barbora Gulelova.
  • The Physics Classroom has been around for awhile and can serve as the basis of an online physics class. H/T Deborah Roudebush.
  • ComPADRE has online APS physics education resources, including a good K-12 collection.
  • Physlet Physics is organized as a physics textbook but has interactive "physlets" for students to investigate different phenomena and problems. H/T Deborah Roudebush.
  • HTML-5 Simulations from Andrew Duffy of Boston University. They look pretty useful. H/T Carol Lund.
  • OpenStax online science textbooks, including AP Physics. H/T Deborah Roudebush.
  • PhET - lots of nice siumlations; may need some intro to students.
  • Remote Learning with PhET Simulations. This is essentially a companion guide to PhET, above, to help teachers find the right sim for the right lesson. H/T Deborah Roudebush.
  • NOVA Physical Science - a good collection of online resources. H/T Karen Bardeen.
  • The Physics Aviary is another source of online labs and more. 
  • Missouri physics teacher Joe Milliano has compiled an impressive Google drive full of resources for teaching online. Read his recent tweet about it and request access on this Google form.
  • Perimeter Institute has a number of activities. Here they explain how thy can be adapted for online use.
  • Physics Girl YouTube Channel (enough said)
  • QuarkNet Wednesday Webinars (QW2) - Recordings of several talks on a variety of physics topics from the 2020 QW2 series.
  • Home-Adapted Interactive Lecture Demos by David Sokoloff.
  • An app can connect your phone camera to your computer for online labs and demos. With iPhone or iPad, there is Camo. With Android, there are alternatives.


Resources from Fermilab:


Particle Physics Resources

  • QuarkNet. We think you've heard of this. Navigate from here for the Cosmic Ray and CMS e-Labs, Masterclasses, and the Data Activities Portfolio. Log in to add content to your center group or leave comments.
  • Comments on Adapting Data Activities to Teaching Online lists QuarkNet Data Activities which have been checked for adaptability to online remote teaching. Any Comments about how to make those adaptations are normally only viewable by logging in to the QuarkNet site but are reproduced here and available to all..
  • International Masterclasses and CERN Open Data. Explore the experiments and the data. 
  • [email protected] gives students the ability to make plots from DESY Zeuthen cosmic ray experiments. H/T Uta Bilow.
  • The Particle Adventure. Venerable. Still useful, still nicely done, still updated.
  • Resources for Cosmic Ray Analyses Online. The QuarkNet Cosmic Ray e-Lab is a great place for students and teachers to work with authentic data in the classroom or at home. This gives you a start.
  • Physics Travel Guide. This site directed at all sorts of physics topics, including particle physics. It looks like a good resource for students and teachers alike. H/T Marge Bardeen.
  • World Wide Day Day registration is now open. Find all you need at > MASTERCLASSES > WORLD WIDE DATA DAY. The registration deadline is November 6 and the big day is November 12. 


Questions or suggestions? Contact:

Mark Adams: [email protected]  
Ken Cecire: [email protected]
Spencer Pasero: [email protected] 
Shane Wood: [email protected]