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Soda Bottle Rocket

This lesson gives instructions for a simple rocket that can be constructed out of a soda bottle and some alcohol in a matter of seconds. I also explain the basic principles of rocket propulsion (Newton's 3rd law) and offer some suggested design refinements, including a...

4.2
Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
23-May-2017 guy alcohol rocket
Basic Electromagnets

This lesson provides some general background on electromagnets and describes three simple activities for students to explore on their own. For reference, it also includes formulas for the magnetic field strength around several common types of electromagnets.

learning...

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
23-May-2017 guy wire solenoid with bolt
Hair, Balloons and Static Electricity

This lesson describes and explains the common effects of static electricity. It provides instructions for making a "pith ball" to study static electric effects from different materials, and includes data on many common materials.

4
Average: 4 (15 votes)
23-May-2017 guy sciphile and balloon
Zoetropes, Phenakistoscopes and Other Animation Toys

A lesson on zeotropes, phenakistoscopes and other vintage animation technologies, with explanations and attached printouts for making your own version.

 

4
Average: 4 (2 votes)
22-May-2017 guy zoetrope
Magnetic Materials

This lesson is a brief guide to exploring magnetic materials. It lists a variety of everyday metals, their magnetic properties, and where to find them. Students are encouraged to locate as many examples as they can, and test them with magnets. A checklist for students is...

3.7907
Average: 3.8 (43 votes)
1-Aug-2016 guy
Bernoulli's Principle and the Venturi Tube

The Bernoulli principle states that a region of fast flowing fluid exerts lower pressure on its surroundings than a region of slow flowing fluid. The principle applies to the motion of air over an airplane wing, to air flow through a carburetor, to a flag flapping in the...

4.25
Average: 4.3 (24 votes)
6-Jul-2016 guy
Stacked Ball Drop - Lessons in Conservation of Energy and Momentum

Drop a stack of balls on the floor. By carefully choosing the relative masses of the balls, it is possible to send the top ball flying many times higher than the distance it fell. Analysis of the collision offers good lessons in relative motion and the conservation of...

4.46154
Average: 4.5 (13 votes)
9-Jun-2016 guy Ball Drop
Iron and Magnets

This lesson provides general backround on magnets, and suggests several classroom activities involving magnets and iron filings. These include 

  • identifying magnetic materials
  • staging paper clip battles
  • finding the north pole of a magnet
  • ...
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
8-Jun-2016 guy bar magnet with field lines
Color Perception

This lesson provides a tutorial in color perception and the physiology of color sensitive cells in the eye. It includes three classroom activites for exploring color vision:

  1. a game testing peripheral color vision
  2. a demonstration of mixing colored light...
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8-Jun-2016 guy photoreceptor response
Positive Afterimages

This lesson contains a short explanation of positive afterimages and some suggestions on how best to see them.

When light shines on the retina, chemical and electrical signals are sent to the brain, providing the basis for our sense of vision. When the light is turned...

4.4
Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
8-Jun-2016 guy

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