Overview

Welcome to KET’s Virtual Physics Labs! Here’s a quick overview to answer questions and help you navigate the website.

KET Virtual Physics Labs allow you to:
  • Enhance your lab offerings and fill in the blanks in your equipment list.
  • Create pre-lab activities to prepare students for live or virtual labs.
  • Reduce the hassle of providing make-up labs.
  • Create concept development activities that engage your students and give them more control.
  • Use the labs with a projection system for classroom demonstrations.
  • Deepen your students’ understanding of physical concepts and principles.
What’s included?
  • Full access to all interactive labs for students and teachers 365/24/7.
  • Explanation of how each lab works. (Click the Labs tab and read the instructions at the top of the page.)
  • The complete lab manual in editable Microsoft Word© format. Keys are included.
  • Additional lab activities.
How do I get started?
  • Check out our Sample Velocity Lab.
  • If you like what you see and you’re a high school/college teacher, administrator, or head of a home school, click the Free Trial tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions for a free 60-day trial.
  • Even if you’re ready to purchase a one-year school license for the Labs, you still need to begin by signing up for the Free Trial.
How much do the labs cost?
  • K-12 and Homeschools: $60 per year
    • Kentucky schools – Unlimited free students
    • Non-Kentucky schools – Additional $1 per student
  • Colleges and Universities: $100 per year
    • Additional $5 per student
How were the labs created?
  • KET physics teacher Chuck Duncan, who has taught high school and college physics for 36 years, 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 Flash-based 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.
What labs are currently offered?
  • There are currently 21 unique labs and 1 graphing program which can all be found here. These labs cover topics throughout a typical physics course including Mechanics, E&M, Sound, Light, Fluid, and Radioactivity.