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# Beautiful Earth Water Density Experiments

Designed as either a demonstration or an investigation for use in a formal or informal setting, this activity focuses on the effects of water density on water's movement. A list of materials, along with the instructions for building the apparatus... (View More)

# Why Do Some Molecules Absorb Infrared Energy?

In this demonstration activity, students make structural models of gas molecules using pipe cleaners and polystyrene balls and test their molecules for their resonant frequency. Students shake the models, count vibrations, and compare the resonance... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students

# Why is There a Tidal Bulge Opposite the Moon?

In this activity, students use mathematics to understand tides and gravitation and how gravity works across astronomical distances, using an apparatus made from a slinky, meter stick, and a hook. A description of the mathematical relationships seen... (View More)

# Gravitational Waves

The purpose of this lesson is to model for students gravitational waves and how they are created. Students will build a simple "Gravitational Wave Demonstrator" using inexpensive materials (plastic wrap, plastic cups, water, food coloring, and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5

# Thermo and Fluid Dynamics of a Homemade Lava Lamp

In this experiment, students create a "lava lamp" - a beaker on a hotplate, and investigate buoyancy, convection and other fluid and thermodynamic properties using ink, water, vegetable oil and Alka-Seltzer tablets. The activity is from PUMAS -... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students

# Stellar Illumination

This is a lesson about discovering distant planets using an Earth-based observing technique called stellar occultation. Learners will explore how a stellar occultation occurs, how planetary atmospheres can be discovered, and how planetary diameters... (View More)

# Seeing Interference Fringes

In this demonstration, students detect the interference of waves and measure wave phenomena using an experimental apparatus consisting of a laser pointer, a second surface mirror scrap (like a bathroom mirror) binder clips, razor blade, ruler, and a... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students

# Ice Has Structure: H2O

Learners will explore the molecular geometry and mechanics of ice. They will create a model of H2O, investigate its molecular structure and its consistent shape. Faraday's experiment is used as background. Activities include small group miming,... (View More)

# Induction in an Aluminum Can

This activity demonstrates Lenz's Law, which states that an induced electromotive force generates a current that induces a counter magnetic field that opposes the magnetic field generating the current. In the demonstration, an empty aluminum can... (View More)

Keywords: Magnetism; Lenz's Law
Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students

# Iron Filings and (2-3D) Magnetic Field Lines

This is a lesson to demonstrate magnetic field lines in 2- and 3-dimensions. In the first activity, learners sprinkle iron filings over a magnet underneath a paper and record their observations. The second activity involves building a 3-D magnetic... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students
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