Free iOS App Today: Step2Step Physics – Mechanics


Why spend thousands of dollars on a private physics tutor when you can receive the same feedback on your iPad for a fraction of the cost? 

✭✭✭✭✭ – "A Winning App – Step 2 Step should be in the electronic backpack of every high school physics student." –

Created by physics teachers to help students prepare for tests, Step2Step Physics – Mechanics walks students through 38 question types, with 4 versions per question type and a total of more than 350 question steps. If a student makes a mistake on a step, they are provided with feedback that is targeted to that specific mistake. This is the same feedback that students would receive if they worked with a private physics tutor.

Step2Step Physics employs a variety of intuitive user interfaces designed to encourage “physics thinking”. Some of these include:
• Dragging labels onto a problem statement
• Tapping arrows to choose a direction
• Dragging terms to build an equation
• Typing in a numerical answer, and many more!

Step2Step Physics – Mechanics contains question types of varying difficulty and complexity on the topics covered during the first semester of an algebra-based Newtonian mechanics course (high school or university):

1D Kinematics:
• Constant Motion Finding Velocity
• Constant Motion Finding Time***
• Constant Motion Finding Displacement
• Accelerated Motion Finding Time
• Accelerated Motion Finding Final Velocity
• Accelerated Motion Finding Displacement
• Accelerated Motion Finding Acceleration
• Dropping a Ball Off of a Cliff
• Launching a Ball Vertically Up From the Ground
• Launching a Ball Vertically Off of a Cliff

2D Kinematics & Vectors:
• Vector Addition 1***
• Vector Addition 2
• Vector Addition 3
• Vector Addition 4
• Rolling a Ball Horizontally Off of a Cliff***
• Throwing a Ball Up at an Angle From the Ground
• Throwing Up at an Angle From a Cliff

Newton's Laws:
• The Acceleration of an Elevator
• Dragging a Box Along a Surface with Friction***
• Dragging a Box Along a Surface at an Angle with Friction
• Pushing a Box Up a Ramp
• Pushing a Box Up a Ramp with Friction
• Finding the Acceleration of a Horizontal Atwood System (2 Masses and a Pulley)***
• Finding the Acceleration of a Horizontal Atwood System with Friction
• Finding the Acceleration of a Simple Vertical Atwood System
• Finding the Acceleration of a Ramp Atwood System
• Finding the Acceleration of a Ramp Atwood System with Friction

Energy & Momentum:
• Energy of a Ball Thrown Up
• Energy of a Ball Falling Down
• Energy of a Box Sliding Down a Ramp, Sliding to a Stop at the Bottom***
• Head-on Inelastic Collision with a Stationary Target
• Head-on Inelastic Collision Between Two Moving Objects
• Using the Impulse-Momentum Theorem to determine the force required to accelerate a car

Circular Motion & Universal Gravitation:
• Roller Coaster Vertical Loop
• Driving a Car Around a Circular Path***
• Twirling a Ball in a Conical Pendulum
• Driving a Car Around a Banked Turn With Friction
• Universal Gravitation, Solving for Force***

***Available in Step2Step Physics LITE

Individual progress can be tracked either on the user’s personal iPad, or on a classroom iPad using the "switch user" feature. Students can email progress reports to their teachers.

Nerd Island Studios, LLC is a group of teachers dedicated to creating apps for use in the classroom. We constantly test our products with our own students with the goal of improving the learning process.


Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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