Labs

Arbor Scientific introduces a growing collection of science labs, activities and experiments for physics and physical science teachers. Science labs are designed to cover important key concepts, and may be downloaded and used in your classroom. Whether you're a teacher or home schooling parent, these labs are designed for you. Science labs include teacher's notes with a brief concept review, tips, applicable National Science Content Standards, and a list of equipment. The student pages are ready to reproduce and use right away.

  • Momentum - Tailgated by a Dart

    Posted on February 10, 2012 by Arbor Scientific

    In this lab, students will learn to estimate the speed of an object by applying conservation of momentum to an inelastic collision. Energy is not lost its transferred from one object to another. Students will fire a dart into the back of the free rolling car and measure the distance of the car, calculate the speed of the dart and car, and measure the mass of the car and dart.

    This post was posted in Labs, Motion, Forces, Energy & Work

  • Density Rods

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    The Density Rod Set consists of two rods. The aluminum rod sinks in warm water and floats in cool. This is because cool water is more dense than warm, and the aluminum rod is made to be between those two densities. The PVC rod does the reverse – floats in warm water and sinks in cool. This time, the rod changes more than the water, becoming more dense when it is cool.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with density rods, density, rod

  • Quantum Lab (Inquiry)

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    Something that is quantized exists in multiples of a set quantity. Examples are charge [1.6 x 10-19C] or quantum energies of photons. Planck and Einstein predicted that light existed as discrete bundles called photons. Since they could not see a unit of photon energy, this lab constructs a model of how quanta was derived and visualized by scientists. In this INQUIRY lab, students will develop their own method for finding the pennies' mass.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with quantum, Planck, Einstein, indirect measurement

  • Quantum Lab

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    Something that is quantized exists in multiples of a set quantity. Examples are charge [1.6 x 10-19C] or quantum energies of photons. Planck and Einstein predicted that light existed as discrete bundles called photons. Since they could not see a unit of photon energy, this lab constructs a model of how quanta was derived and visualized by scientists.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with quantum, Planck, Einstein, measurement

  • Picture of a Lab: Different Graph Types

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Buzz Putnam

    Picture of a Lab – Different Graph Types Station #1 investigates the relationship between force and displacement of a stretched spring. Students will discover a direct linear relationship, with an equation of the form y = mx + b. Station #2 demonstrates Boyle’s Law, or the relationship between the pressure on a gas and its volume. The graph is a hyperbola, y = 1/x. Station #3 relates light intensity to distance from the source. The graph shows an inverse-square relationship, with an equation y = 1/x2. Station #4 uses staggered, stacked blocks to result in a simple parabolic graph, where y = x2.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with force, graphing, graph types, boyle's law, light intensity, hyperbola, parabolic graph, linear graph

  • Density of a Solid

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    Regular and irregular objects will be used. Students will devise a way of finding the volume of each object - calculating the volume of a cube or using water displacement for irregular objects. They will calculate the density of each and compare to standard values.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with density, density of a solid, cube, block

  • Density of a Liquid

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    Measure the mass and volume of a quantity of liquid, and calculate its density. Students will have to account for the container's mass.

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with density of a liquid

  • Acceleration Force and Mass

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Stephen Rea

    Students love fast moving experiments, but higher speeds often require higher technology. That can challenge the budget and students' ability to use the technology. These simple, but highly accurate photogates remove both barriers. No costly computers are needed, and set up is easy. Students literally ‘get up to speed’ fast!

    This post was posted in Labs, Measurement & Analysis and was tagged with acceleration, force, mass, photogates, momentum, car ramp

  • Tornado in a Bottle Inquiry

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Dr. Russell Harkay

    We will use funnels, soda bottles, and a toy called a Tornado Tube to explore the concepts of moment of inertia, rotational motion, angular momentum, kinetic and potential energy, and air pressure in an attempt to discover and explain the physics of a rather complex hydrodynamic system.

    This post was posted in Labs, Motion and was tagged with pressure, inertia, Tornado in a Bottle, Tornado Tube

  • Tuning Fork Interference

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by Arbor Scientific

    Tuning Fork Interference
    Two waves, when traveling through the same medium, will superimpose upon one another, causing interference. In the case of sound, the two sounds will combine to form a single sound. This lab asks students to combine the sounds from two tuning forks (which each produces a simple sine wave vibration) and observe the [...]

    This post was posted in Labs, Waves and was tagged with tuning fork, interference, waves, lab 92

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