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Five Demonstrations for the First Day of Class!
Five Demonstrations for the First Day of Class!

Featured Products Five Demonstrations for the First Day of Class! On the first day of school, it is a good idea to show a demonstration that gets students thinking and sets the stage for what the class is going to...

The Physics of a Roller Coaster Loop
The Physics of a Roller Coaster Loop

Featured Products The Physics of a Roller Coaster Loop Each year millions of people will visit amusement parks in order to ride some of the fastest, highest, most extreme roller coasters. These machines thrill us because of their ability to...

Fun and Engaging Activities Using the Energy Stick
Fun and Engaging Activities Using the Energy Stick

Featured Products Fun and engaging activities using the Energy Stick Welcome to our March 2015 Issue of our CoolStuff Newsletter. This month, we are featuring a simple, safe and Cool device called an Energy Stick. Physics teacher James Lincoln demonstrates...

Liquid Crystal Sheet Demos
Liquid Crystal Sheet Demos

Featured Products Liquid Crystal Sheet Demos  Safely demonstrating the principles and properties of heat can sometimes be a risky proposition. But it needn't be. Watch as Physics Teacher James Lincoln uses the safe, simple, and inexpensive Liquid Crystal Sheet to...

See Energy Transformation with a Thermal Camera or Steel Spheres
See Energy Transformation with a Thermal Camera or Steel Spheres

Featured Products See Energy Transformation  You can calculate the thermal energy created when the ball hit the bat by using the Law of Conservation of Energy. Before the collision, the center-of-mass of the bat (mass 1kg) was moving at about...

Behind the Scenes with Light and Color: 10 Great Demos
Behind the Scenes with Light and Color: 10 Great Demos

Featured Products Behind the Scenes with Light and Color Introduction Light and Spectrum is a common topic among all of the sciences. You will find a chapter devoted to it in Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Therefore, enhancing your ability...

Kinetic Energy Into Thermal Energy
Kinetic Energy Into Thermal Energy

Featured Products Kinetic Energy Into Thermal Energy Watch how silly putty and simple steel spheres can be used to demonstrate the conversion of kinetic energy into thermal energy! (And you thought Silly Putty was for copying comics from the newspaper!)...

A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home
A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home

Featured Products A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home When I visited England this summer, I had the opportunity to walk in Isaac Newton's footsteps at his birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor. It is a little tourist museum far from the major train...

Top 10 Demonstrations with Tuning Forks
Top 10 Demonstrations with Tuning Forks

Featured Products Top 10 Demonstrations with Tuning Forks  I have been using tuning forks in my classroom for 10 years, and in each of those years I have discovered several new tricks. I hope you can learn many of these...

Top 10  Demonstrations with the Plasma Globe
Top 10 Demonstrations with the Plasma Globe

Featured Products Top 10 Demonstrations with the Plasma Globe  The plasma ball is an engaging and safe tool for studying high voltages and the electric field and can be used in middle school, high school, and college level physics courses. A...

Playing in Galileo's Lab
Playing in Galileo's Lab

As I was watching a kayak quietly slip under the Ponte Vecchio in the morning light, I was thinking what it must have been like for Galileo Galilei while living and teaching in Florence, Italy, looking down every day at...

Energy is Energy is Energy!
Energy is Energy is Energy!

Featured Products Think back to when you were a little kid playing one of your most enjoyable family games on Saturday night. It involved rolling a die and moving around a game board, all while building a complex "mousetrap", hoping...