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July, 1998
Updated JUNE, 2007


How Things Work
http://howthingswork.virginia.edu
GRADE LEVEL: 3-12

CONTENT:
This Web site explains physics concepts and laws using everyday life examples. Users can submit questions to be answered or read those already asked.

AESTHETICS:
The site is all text. Information is displayed as questions and answers in paragraph form.

ORGANIZATION:
Users can locate information via the table of contents, from the topical index, or listed chronologically (most recent first).

REVIEW:
This Web site is based on the author's textbook "How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life." The book discusses everyday objects and explains how those objects work, while teaching some basic physics concepts. The non-mathematical book is intended for non-science majors. The Web site allows users to submit questions, and the answers are posted on the site. Viewers can also look over the lists of past questions or use the search engine to find something specific. Topics include seesaws, copy machines, tape recorders, and roller coasters. High school physics teachers and students can find a lot of good information here. What they don't find they can always request. Higher education liberal arts majors could also find useful information here.