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OCTOBER, 1997

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Ask Dr. Physics
http://www.cord.edu/dept/physics/drphysics/
GRADE LEVEL: K-12

A CONTENT:
One section of the site lets users submit questions to "Dr. Physics" and some of the answers are posted on the site. The site also offers a wide selection of outside physics resources.

A AESTHETICS:
The site will appeal to children because of the cartoon images and colorful graphics. The site also uses some animation.

A ORGANIZATION:
All sections of the site are listed on the main page. Each section has a navigation menu bar at the bottom. Since some of the links lead to outside sources viewers may need to use their back to return to the main page.

REVIEW:
Ask Dr. Physics was created to help K-12 students better understand physics and to help K-12 physical science teachers develop demonstrations, exercises and lesson plans for their classes. Currently the sample question and answer section is somewhat small as "Dr. Physics" generally emails responses rather than posting them to the site. Hopefully more answers will start to appear here. The list could grow quite extensive as more users submit questions. The list of links to other physics sources is large and contains physics and astronomy images (such as the solar system), sites for downloading educational software and sections on physics facts. There are also experiments and demonstrations along with topics on physics education research such as the interesting "Misconceptions in K-6 Science Texts". This is an excellent find for science teachers of all grade levels and particularly for those presenting physical science units.