KET Virtual Physics Labs FAQs

What’s included in the KET Virtual Physics Labs?

Download of the individual lab apps

Sample lab activities for most labs

Teacher versions of lab activities with answer keys

Can students use the labs at home?

Yes. Students can use the labs on any computer from which they download the apps.

Can the labs be used offline?

Yes!

Can students access them on mobile platforms?

We offer some labs as iPad apps, but due to the nature of the labs themselves we strongly recommend using the labs on a desktop or laptop computer.

What level students are these labs designed for?

The labs, which were initially developed for KET’s distance learning physics classes, are designed for high school physics students and sophomore-level college physics courses. At present, no lab activities have been developed for younger students, although the labs potentially could be useful for helping them understand physical principles as well.

What are alternative uses for the labs in the physics classroom?

Pre-lab activities for use with any type of lab

Pre-class activities to introduce concepts

After-class concept development or extension activities

Adding simulations to homework to make it more meaningful

Concept development demonstration tools using a projection system

Small group Smartboard activities

How were the labs created? By whom?

KET physics teacher Chuck Duncan initially developed the labs to accompany his online physics courses. Although the labs are still an integral part of those courses, their usefulness for physics instruction in brick-and-mortar schools has led KET to offer them as stand-alone resources. The labs were built with help from three young programmers, Nathan Pinney, Brian Vincent, and Tim Martin, all of whom graduated in physics from the University of Kentucky.

How do I comment on the labs, submit suggestions, or ask about bugs and other problems on the website?

Write us at virtuallabs@ket.org.