Physics Guides

Here contains all the physics guides written by community members who are experts in their fields. These guides are non-technical articles that usually help in how to study physics as a student or life in academia. From self study to classroom strategy. Learn something new today!

what if physics questions

How to Avoid Breaking Physics With Your "What If" Question

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We get a lot of "what if" questions here on Physics Forums. This article will explore three different types and then some suggestions for students who…
Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

An Accurate Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

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Learning Objectives * Execute a specific experimental procedure to test a specific hypothesis. * Use the Tracker video analysis software for a simple…
Telescope Buying Guide

Guide to Buying Your First Telescope

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We often have questions about what telescope an aspiring amateur astronomer should buy. The "correct" answer can be elusive and is highly dependent on…
physicsblogs

What Are Your Favorite Science or Math Blogs?

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We asked our PF Advisors to tell us what their favorite science or math blog is (other than PF Insights). Here are their responses…  …
solarimaging

Getting Started with Solar System Imaging

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Some of the most visible objects in the sky are objects within our own solar system: including the Sun, moon, and planets. These objects are generally…
astro_advanced

Learn Advanced Astrophotography Tips

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 "I’ve tried astrophotography and want to know how to improve."Here’s where I assume you are contemplating purchase of a tracking…
astro_inter

Learn Intermediate Astrophotography Tips

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  Level 2: I know how to use a camera, what do I need to know for astrophotography? Image processing methods used to reduce background and noise…
astro_intro

Introduction to Astrophotography for Beginners

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 For this Insight series (3 total), my assumption is that either you are using a camera (with an attached lens) or you already know how to…
physics blogs

Physics Blogs You Need to Be Reading

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These are some of the best physics blogs, updated regularly, written by some of the top minds. The feeds are updated on page refresh, so bookmark this…
crackpot

A Layman's Guide to: Lies, Damned Lies and Pseudoscience

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It seems nowadays that we are getting swamped with science. But not the science of the valid kind. Science where people follow the scientific method and…
solar_eclipse

Solar Eclipse Viewing Basics

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Safety Information Before attempting to view a solar eclipse:NEVER view the sun with the naked eye for any length of time, as doing so may cause irreversible…
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Physics Forums Crackpot Index and Bingo

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Discussing science online can often be a frustrating experience if no quality controls are in place, which is often the case. As part useful reference…