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Resources for Digital Learning

This page lists different resources that promote digital learning of basic sciences by providing online access to lectures, presentations etc. (introducing the concepts of various topics) as well as to demonstrators and simulators (allowing for testing the concepts using virtual experiments).This collection will mainly focus on topics related to general physics, biophysics, physical chemistry and life sciences, while more comprehensive collections of open educational resources (including virtual labs) can be found for example on the webpages of the Washington State University and the Arthur Lakes Library. It will be continuously updated (which is a nice way to express that it is still under construction) and please feel free to mail suggestions to stephan.block@fu-berlin.de, if important entries are missing.

Online-Accessible Lectures and Presentations

Feynman's Lectures on Physics
(@ youtube.com)

The famous lecture series given by Richard Feynman at Cornell. It covers very basic concepts of physics, such as conservation principles, symmetry, distinction of past and future, and probability.

Susskind's Lectures on Physics
(@ youtube.com)

The lecture series of Leonard Susskind (Stanford) provides a comprehensive overview of theoretical physics (Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral level), including topics like classical and quantum mechanics, special and general relativity, cosmology, statistical mechanics, particle physics and string theory.

Erik Lindahl's Lectures on Biophysics
(@ youtube.com)

A very comprehensive lecture series on molecular biophysics with a particular focus on computer modeling.

(@ youtube.com)

This is the channel of the Molecular Frontiers organization, the mission of which is to communicate science to a young audience (high school and university students). It contains a collection of lectures recorded at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium with an usually high density of Nobel Prize laureates.

Virtual Experiments and Instruments

HTML5 Physics Simulations 
(@ physics.bu.edu)

This is a set of virtual, physical experiments, mainly covering topics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, electrostatics and -dynamics, and optics.

The OSP Collection
(@ compadre.org)

The Open Source Physics (OSP) collection provides an online curriculum for students being interested in physics and computation. It offers a large number of online resources, including a large variety of virtual experiments (simulators) covering very basic but also very sophisticated topics.

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy
(@ olympus-lifescience.com)

This app simulates a virtual confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) and provides a basic understanding of the most important measurement parameters (such as pinhole size, detector and scanner settings).

Scanning Electron Microscopy
(@ myscope-explore.org)

 The virtual scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows to inspect various samples and to see the effect of the most important measurement parameters on the imaging process.