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AmusementParkRide.pdf | Construct a model of an amusement-park swing ride that uses centripetal force. Analyze the forces acting on the model while it is in motion. | |||||||||

Atoms moving.pdf | Show how colored particles spread throughout a colorless liquid without being stirred or shaken. | |||||||||

Bicycle Gears.pdf | Discover how the arrangement of gear wheels and chain and the use of a range of gearing, can reduce the amount of work done by a bicyclist. | |||||||||

Bouncing Ball.pdf | Identify a mathematical expression of a direct relation
between two observed physical eventsÑthe drop height and average bounce
height of a ballÑand test the equation's ability to predict changes. |
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Chemical Pollution.pdf | Discover the buffering capacity of a local water supply and how it can reduce the damage to aquatic life caused by acid rain and chemical pollution. | |||||||||

Does Your Town Have Acid Rain?.pdf | Measure the acidity of local precipitation using a pH meter. | |||||||||

Dust in the Air.pdf | Collect samples of air particles to test the hypothesis that air pollution is greater at sites closest to traffic. | |||||||||

EutrophicationÑUsing Up Oxygen in Water.pdf | Investigate the process of eutrophication. | |||||||||

Garden Hose Bugle.pdf | Explore the relationship between the length of a column of vibrating air in a garden hose, the frequencies of sound it produces, and the pitches heard by the experimenter. | |||||||||

Growing Crystals.pdf | Explore the formation of different types of crystals derived from evaporating alum and salt solutions. | |||||||||

Half-Life Dating.pdf | Construct a model that demonstrates the principle of half-life dating using red and black licorice sticks. | |||||||||

Heat Absorption by Gases.pdf | Compare the heat absorption of air (made up mainly of nitrogen and oxygen) with that of carbon dioxide. | |||||||||

Hot Box.pdf | Investigate the processes of heat conduction and
energy conservation and determine relative R values for common household
materials. |
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How fast is your car?.pdf | Determine the speed of a toy car after it rolls down a ramp and observe how changing the height and angle of the ramp affects the car's speed. | |||||||||

Machine-Energy.pdf | Investigate the relationship between work and friction between an inclined plane (simple machine) and a wood block. Test the theory of the conservation of energy to see if the amount of work put into the machine differs from the amount of work it puts out | |||||||||

Making a Solar Collector.pdf | Explore the potential of the sun's energy by building a solar collector. | |||||||||

Measuring Air Pressure.pdf | Make a barometer to measure air pressure over a week and record relevant weather characteristics. | |||||||||

Measuring Quartz Crystals.pdf | Measure the interfacial angles of quartz crystals using an easy-to-assemble goniometer. | |||||||||

Parachutes.pdf | Construct parachutes to understand the concept of drag and its relationship to rate of descent. (Includes historical information.) | |||||||||

Parallel Circuits.pdf | Calculate the current (amps), voltage (volts), resistance (ohms), and power (watts) generated in a parallel electrical circuit. | |||||||||

Pitching speed.pdf | Design an apparatus to calculate the pitching speed of a softball, then use the results to validate the principles of the conservation of momentum and energy. | |||||||||

Projectiles and Gravity.pdf | Calculate the trajectory of a ball launched from a U-shaped track. Also, use knowledge of projectile motion to predict the horizontal and vertical position of the ball in mid-flight. | |||||||||

Rain Quantity.pdf | Construct rain gauges to measure rainfall at different sites. | |||||||||

Refraction and Total Internal Reflection.pdf | Observe the effects of refraction and the total internal reflection of light using a penny, water, and various drinking cups. | |||||||||

Series Circuits.pdf | Calculate the current (amps), voltage (volts), resistance (ohms), and power (watts) generated in a series electrical circuit. | |||||||||

Settling Rate and Layering of Various-Sized Particles.pdf | Discover the relationship between particle size and settling rate using various sized beads. | |||||||||

Simple Pendulum.pdf | Examine the behavior of a simple pendulum and determine the effects of changes in amplitude, pendulum length, and mass on the period of the pendulum. | |||||||||

Soil Nutrients and Plant Growth.pdf | Discover the effect of different nutrients on plant growth. | |||||||||

Speak to Me.pdf | Construct a working loudspeaker and understand how the principles of electromagnetism cause the individual parts to work together and produce sound. | |||||||||

Surprises with Light.pdf | Investigate what happens when light is transmitted through different transparent substances. | |||||||||

The Long Profile-Rivers.pdf | Construct a model for a river could showing an upper course with a steep gradient, then slope more gently as a middle course, and finally flattening out in the lower course. | |||||||||

The Weird Behavior of Cold Water.pdf | Explore how temperature and salinity interact to affect the behavior of water. | |||||||||

Traffic Congestion.pdf | Use a Traffic Intensity Index to measure the average waiting time in the flow of traffic. | |||||||||

Transistors in Use.pdf | Make four small circuits using various electronic
components to give you an insight into the use of electronic systems. |
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Urban Neighborhood- An Environmental Profile.pdf | Test the hypothesis that environmental quality will vary between different neighborhoods in your town or city. | |||||||||

Using a Pendulum to Measure Gravity's Acceleration.pdf | Obtain experimental values of periods for pendulums of different lengths and graph the data to calculate the value of gravity. | |||||||||

Wind Station.pdf | Construct a wind vane and use it to record wind directions over a week. |