Multimedia physics learning tool, complete with videos, equation library, solver, concept explanations, and geeky humor!
The world needs a tool to make learning physics easier, and that is what we plan to create with our Physics 1 app for the iPad. It will be a place where a student can go to get basic information in the form of short explanations, an equation library, videos, a tool for solving equations, and even some jokes and trivia to lighten up a tough study session!
We built a rough prototype for the iPhone, but found the lack of real estate too limiting. So now we have a much broader concept that we'd like to build for the iPad, and that's where you can help! We're going to build it, and will use the funds to cover expenses and the initial marketing, so this can quickly get into the hands of students who need it in the fall.
Here is a video demonstrating the iPhone app.
Our plan for the iPad is similar, but with more features and a much better layout. The front page will show chapter titles like you would find in a college-level introductory physics course. In each chapter, there will sections on concepts, equations with solution capability and examples, videos, constants, and jokes & trivia.
Concepts: Here we will define the basic concepts of physics in everyday language, and also try to give an intuition for what it means. We'll rely primarily on words, but also illustrations, short videos and graphics will be added where they are helpful.
Equations: Most physics chapters have a few key equations that can be used to solve problems. These equations will be given in a library, and with each equation will be an explanation and also a solution engine that allows the user to input the numbers and units and get an answer in several different units.
Videos: We have access to a library of physics demonstration videos from NCSSM, and also will be providing short exerpts from their online lectures. Each video will illustrate a concept, work and example, or use a physical demonstration to help develop intution.
Constants: A reference of physical constants, their value, use and meaning.
Jokes & Trivia: From the groaners to the unimportant, a compendium of jokes and trivia, sorted by chapter and subject so a student can have a light interlude during an otherwise heavy study session.
The best part is that all of this is sorted by chapter and subject and cross-referenced, so that a student has everything they need to address a topic area of choice. A student could use this app to help do homework, study for an exam or quiz, or for self-study. While the app is not meant to replace a textbook or classroom participation, it should prove to be useful on many levels to those who are interested in learning physics, whether from personal interest or to improve their grades.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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