Physical Sciences

General Resources

Physical Sciences Resources

Where to Look? Browse these Call Numbers

  • GC 1 to GC 1581 – Oceanography.
    • GC 150 to GC 182 – Physical oceanography; Density, Temperature.
    • GC 190 to GC 190.5 – Ocean-atmosphere interaction.
    • GC 200 to GC 376 – Dynamics of the ocean; waves, ocean circulation, currents, water masses, tides.
  • ML 3805 to ML 3817 – Music: Physics and acoustics.
  • Q 1 to Q 390 – Science (General).
  • QB 1 to QB 991 – Astronomy.
    • QB 349 to QB 421 – Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics.
    • QB 500.5 to QB 785 – Solar system
    • QB 799 to QB 903 – Stars
  • QC 1 to QC 999 – Physics.
    • QC 1 to QC 75 – General physics.
    • QC 170 to QC 197 – Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter.
    • QC 221 to QC 246 – Acoustics. Sound.
    • QC 251 to QC 338.5 – Heat. Thermodynamics.
    • QC 350 to QC 467 – Optics. Light.
    • QC 501 to QC 766 – Electricity and magnetism.
    • QC 851 to QC 999 – Meteorology. Climatology. Including the earth’s atmosphere.
  • QD 1 to QD 999 – Chemistry.
  • QE 1 to QE 996.5 – Geology.
    • QE 1 to QE 350.62 – General, including geographical divisions.
    • QE 351 to QE 399.2 – Mineralogy.
    • QE 500 to QE 639.5 – Dynamic and structural geology.
      • QE 521 to QE 545 – Volcanoes and earthquakes.
      • QE 601 to QE 613.5 – Structural geology.
    • QE 640 to QE 699 – Stratigraphy.

Selected Books in the Library

  • Cambridge Guide to the Weather
    Call number: QC 981 .R49 2000.
  • The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet
    Call number: QB 631 .M32 2004.
  • Earth Science
    Call number: QE 28 .E12 2001 REF,in 5 volumes.
  • Encyclopedia of Earth and Physical Sciences
    Call number: QE 5 .E513 1998, in 11 volumes.
  • Encyclopedia of World Scientists
    Call number: Q 141 .O25 2001 REF.
  • The Facts on File Chemistry Handbook
    Call number: QD 65 .F33 2000 REF.
  • The Facts on File Earth Science Handbook
    Call number: QE 5 .F32 2000.
  • The Facts on File Physics Handbook
    Call number: QC 61 .F33 2000
  • Geology
    Call number: QE 31 .R68 2003.
  • Invitation to Contemporary Physics, 2nd Edition,
    Call number: QC 21.2 .R68 H6 2004
  • Musical Acoustics, 3rd Edition,
    Call number: ML 3805 .H153 2002
  • National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space
    Call number: TL 787.5 .N38 2005 REF.
  • The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy, INFO, YEAR.
    Call number: QC 7 .O94 2005.
  • Physics Demystified
    Call number: QC 23.2 .G54 2002
  • Science of Percussion Instruments
    Call number: ML 3805 .R67 2000
  • The Science of Sound, 3rd Edition
    Call number: QC 225.15 .R67 2002

Selected Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers

  • Scientific American
  • Sky and Telescope
  • Smithsonian
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  • Acoustics and Vibration Animation, created by Dan Russell, Ph. D., Prof. of Acoustics at Penn State. This site includes detailed explanations & formulae in addition to the animations.
  • ChemEd DL: The Chemical Education Digital Library, is a rich collection of resources for the study of chemistry. It also includes “Periodic Table Live,” an interactive periodic table that provides detailed information and multi-media on the elements, models, tutorials, and more.
  • ComPADRE: Resources and Services for Physics Education, offers simulations, tutorials, etc.
  • Eric Weisstein’s World of Science, an encyclopedia of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • Learn Chemistry, offers numerous resources including simulations, videos, handouts, tutorials, and more.
  • MetEd: Teaching and Training Resources for the Geoscience Community, includes lessons, links to other relevant resources, etc.
  • NASA, offers extensive collections of information, images, and other resources, including:
    • Earth Observatory, offers images, news, articles and more related to the earth, its features and environment.
    • JPL: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “learn all about JPL’s missions, from the Mars Curiosity rover to Cassini at Saturn, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the fleet of satellites that monitor our home planet.” Includes news, video, and images.
    • NASA: YouTube: offers several YouTube Channels, including JPL, Hubble Space Telescope, and more.
    • NASA’s SoundCloud, is “a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions.”
    • Solar System Exploration, provides extensive information and resources, including video, audio and interactive resources on the solar system.
  • Physics Central, from the American Physical Society, this site offers a wide range of resources, for varying ages/grade levels.
  •, this resource from the Institute of Physics includes a database of reviewed sites, frequently asked questions, as well as information on careers in physics.
  • Planetarium, from Neave Interactive, this site allows visitors to view the stars from any location at any time of day or night, any date. It also provides data on planets, stars and constellations – just hover over the objects. To see the sky from your location, you may allow the site to save your location by clicking “Set to my location”, and then view the sky from home in the Planetarium, rain or shine, day or night.
  • “searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.” Includes topics in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and more.
  • USGS, more than just geology, the U. S. Geological Survey website provides information and resources related to other sciences in addition to geology.

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