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We have annotated several hundred teaching resources cataloged in the National Science Digital Library with spatial concept terms listed below. We have also created a new TeachSpatial collection annotated in the same way. The concept terms were drawn from the U.S.National Science Education Standards (NSES 1996) for topic areas B - Physical Science, C - Life Science, D - Earth and Space Science, as well as from the 1994 U.S. Geography Teaching Standards for grades 9-12. Those standards can be browsed here.

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NSDL teaching resources related to "path"

This applet simulates the motion of a charged particle in uniform electric and magnetic fields. The user can set the x,y, and z components of the electric field as well as the magnitude of the magnetic field, which is set to always point in the positive z direction. The user can also set the initial velocity of the charged particle. Then the applet displays the path of the charged particle, with instantaneous velocity and force vectors.

Charged particle motion in E/M Field

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Web site contains java applet which simulates the forces acting on a baseball. The user can change the speed, the spin, the angle and the height of the ball. Additionally, the user can choose from among several ball parks, and weather conditions. The simulation shows the effect of the various parameters on the path of the ball. Several views of the path of the ball are provided.

CurveBall - Expert Version

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This undergraduate meteorology tutorial from Texas A&M University discusses the climatology of hurricanes (where they form, where they go, and their niche in the general circulation) as well as their basic dynamics: what they need to develop, what feeds them, and what eventually causes their demise. A section about forecasting the paths and locations of hurricanes and descriptions of their various features is also included.

Hurricanes

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This web based instructional material is part of HyperPhysics. HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation. For the most part, it is laid out in small segments or "cards", true to its original development in HyperCard. The entire environment is interconnected with thousands of links, reminiscent of a neural network. The bottom bar of each card contains links to major concept maps for divisions of physics, plus a "go back" feature to allow you to retrace the path of an exploration.

Diffusion and Osmosis

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Kevin Lynch was a significant contributor to city planning and city design in the twentieth century. One of Lynch's innovations was the concept of place legibility, which is essentially the ease with which people understand the layout of a place. By introducing this idea, Lynch was able to isolate distinct features of a city, and see what specifically is making it so vibrant, and attractive to people. To understand the layout of a city, people first and foremost create a mental map.

Kevin Lynch: City Elements Create Images in Our Mind, 1960

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Students examine eclipses by measuring angular size and distance

Path of Totality: Measuring Angular Size and Distance

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