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Hands-on Physics

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Little Shop of Physics

The Little Shop of Physics at Colorado State is not horrific at all. It contains 60 experiments which use hand-on materials and computers. Students can explore their "blind spot", for instance.

Soda Can Steam Engine

Janet Hoekenga shows hot to build a simple steam engine, known as a aeolipile or Heron's engine, using nothing more than a soda can, a needle and some string. While simple and quick to build, it can be used to demonstrate and discuss phase changes, energy conversion, Newton's third law of motion and the history of steam engines.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yzZuIw25TU

Build a Putt Putt/Pop Pop Steam Boat

A true hand-on physics project appropriate for older, 6-8 grade kids.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZF0mjruAxM
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Science4Fun

Science4Fun from Abdul Wahab Malik in Pakistan includes an extensive section on simple Physics explanations. In addition, there a number of easy-to-do physics experiments in the Science Experiments section.

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Online Tone Generator

A tone generator has a variety of uses. You can explore interference, waves, and the physics of music. Connect a bare speaker to your computer's earphone jack and show how a speakers work. Cover the speaker in saran wrap, pour in a little liquid and show standing waves or have fund with Oobleck.

This online tone generator from Tomasz Szynalski has some special features. You can specify and dial in frequencies to the nearest 0.001 Hz, select the type of wave form, adjust left vs. right balance, and select musical notes. Open copies of the site in multiple tabs or browser windows to run multiple tone generators at once. Look thru the Instructions to see everything this tone generator can do.

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Two cans and a string

A string phone can be used to demonstrate critical concepts of physics.

How To Make A Magnetic Compass

This video shows a simple way to create a compass. A great classroom demonstration project.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzbRSkILLo
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PhysicsQuest

PhysicsQuest is a story-based activity that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments.

The site includes information on past quests.

When Water Flows Uphill

In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer of its own vapor. The physicists at the University of Bath used this effect to create new and fun means to manipulate the movement of water.

Would make a great high school science project.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzKgnNGqxMw

Nothing helps comprehension like working with concepts in the real world.

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