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Physics Today's Web Watch

March 98

 ** http://ippex.pppl.gov/ippex/
IPPEX, the Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience, lets high school students analyze data from real fusion experiments and run their own virtual tokomak. Also included on the site is an introduction to fusion, interactive physics modules on topics such as matter and energy and a question-and-answer section. For the most interesting parts of the site, you'll need a browser that's Shockwave or Java capable. IPPEX is based at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and is supported by the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

 ** http://www.space.lockheed.com/YPOP/
Yohkoh Public Outreach Project. Based around the Yohkoh satellite's x-ray and gamma-ray studies of the Sun, this site is targeted at K-12 students and the public in general. The site has numerous short movies in multiple formats, including the most recent solar data, comparisons of the Sun in x-ray and white light, studies of flares and footage of a solar eclipse viewed in x rays. The basics of magnetic fields and the electromagnetic spectrum are covered, younger browsers can go "sunbeam surfing" on a hypermedia tour of the Sun and hands-on classroom activities include studies of the solar cycle, image filtering, satellite orbits and a build-it-yourself sundial. The project, funded by NASA, is a collaboration of Montana State University and the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory.

 ** http://web.hep.uiuc.edu/physics_van/van.htm
The Physics Van travels from the physics department at the University of Illinois to elementary and middle schools in the Champaign-Urbana area, where its crew members "perform and explain exciting demonstrations." Schools in the area can fill in an on-line form to request a visit by the Physics Van. Students farther afield can post questions in the Q&A area, and teachers can look through the numerous demonstration descriptions. The Physics Van is supported by the University of Illinois physics department and the State of Illinois.

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