365 More Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials

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- Safety guidelines

- Over 700 instructive illustrations

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Overview

Just like any real scientist, you'll learn by conducting experiments and observing the results, and though there are enough projects to last all year, the knowledge you gain will last a lifetime.

- Inexpensive and easy to find materials

- Brief instructions

- Thoroughly tested experiments

- Safety guidelines

- Over 700 instructive illustrations

- Themed sections

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
This edition contains the same experiments from five previous titles such as Simple Physics Experiments with Everyday Materials (1993) and Simple Time Experiments with Everyday Materials (1995) helpfully combined and reorganized into new categories. Areas of discovery include heat, air, water, light, gravity, sound, food, clocks and time, ecosystems, flight, outer space, and rocketry. Each experiment illustrates some property-such as sound travels better through a tube or sugar burns while salt does not. Each activity is presented in four parts: "What to do," "What happens," "Why" and "What next." While teachers and students may conduct the experiment and see the results for themselves, the clean format enables learners to visualize properties and learn the "whys" and "wherefores" without actually leaving their chairs. Most experiments demand very little in the way of materials, usually requiring only common household items, while a few cooking experiments demand adult supervision. Most can be done by any elementary-age child. Glossary and index are included, and black line illustrations tinted pink or orange lighten the page or picture the set-up, but otherwise teach little.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579120351
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 661,926
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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E. Richard Churchill,Louis V. Loeschnig, and Muriel Mandell are authors of books in the No-Sweat Science series, published by Sterling Publishers. They each have written several other science-related books for children and young adults.

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1 + 1 Does Not Always = 2

You might be a good math student, but you will have to be a good physics student to figure out this experiment.

You will need:

- large-size glass jar

- masking tape

- pen

- cup of sugar

- measuring cup

- paper towel

- drinking straw

- warm water

What to do: Place a strip of masking tape down the outside of the jar. Pour one cup of warm water into the jar and mark the level that it reaches on the tape. Then, add a second cup of warm water and, again mark the water level on the tape. Empty all of the water out of the jar and dry the inside of it with a paper towel. Now, pour one cup of warm water into the jar. Follow that with one cup of sugar. Stir this solution well with the straw and then check the liquid level on the masking-tape measuring strip.

What happens: The liquid level of one cup of water plus one cup of sugar does not reach the two-cup mark of the tape.

Why: If you caught the clue word, solution, when you were instructed to stir the sugar and water together, you probably know the answer. The substances in a solution fit neatly together, like puzzle parts. Instead of taking up their own space, the grains of sugar simply fill in the empty spaces around the water molecules to make something entirely new, a solution called sugar water...but less of it than you thought you would have when you added the sugar and water measurements.

The Talking Coin

You may have heard somebody say that money talks, but until you do this experiment you have probably never actually seen it speak.

You will need:

- plastic 2-liter bottle

- quarter

- cup of water

- freezer

- kitchen timer or watch

What to do: Put the quarter in the cup of water and place the empty bottle in the freezer for five minutes. When the time is up, remove the bottle from the freezer and, immediately, cover the mouth of the bottle with the wet coin. (It is important to completely cover the bottle's mouth with the coin.)

What happens: The quarter becomes a tongue for the bottle and begins to chatter to you.

Why: When the bottle was put into the freezer, the air molecules inside of it cooled and moved closer together. Since the air in the bottle then took up less space, it left room for extra air to flow in - so it did.

When the bottle was removed from the freezer, however, the air molecules inside of it began to warm up and spread out again. It's a great example of, "There was enough room for everyone to sit comfortably in the car until we all put on coats and it was crowded." Suddenly there was no room for the extra air molecules.

It is that "extra air" that is being pushed out of the bottle as the air warms that makes the coin move up and down as if it were talking.

"Boil, Boil Magical Water"

Would you believe you can boil water without using a stove? Here's the key to this old, well-kept secret.

You will need:

- clear drinking glass (a

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Beating the heat

- Make a Foil Lamp Shade

- Step on a Crack

- Day and Night in a Can

- Decorate a Hat

- Melt a Kiss

- Color Me Warm

- Birds on a Wire

Why Is There Air?

- The Collapsing Bottle

- The Wonderful Whistle-Stick

- The Talking Coin

- The Incredible Shrinking Face

- Launch Your Own Astronauts

- The Trick Straw Race

- The Collapsing Tent

- Make a parachute

- The Singing Balloon

- The Rising Notebook Trick

- Air-Head Person

- Real String Soap in a Bottle

- Underwater Eggspert

- Acupuncture Balloon

- "Boil, Boil Magical Water"

Water, Water, Everywhere!

- "I Was Here First!"

- Flowing Fountain

- Two Water Towers

- "I Think I'll Eat Worms"

- The Power of Water

- Ice Boat Float

- The Floating Glass

- Disappearing Salt

- "Freeze Me and I'll Burst!"

- 1 + 1 Does Not Always = 2

- "Give Me Room!"

- The Shrinking Molecule

- Shy Blue

- Make a "Dropper"

- Square Bubbles from Square Holes?

- More Than Enough

- Water "Glue"

- Stick Together, Stay Together

- Fishing for "Clippies"

- Water-Drop Art

- Oil versus Water

- Make a Waterwheel

- Deep-Bottle Diver

- The Warm and Cold of It

- Make a Purple People-Eater

Seeing the Light

- Sometimes Bigger Is Better

- Make Your Own Movie Screen

- The Reappearing Penny

- Big Bold Letters

- Amazing 3-Ring Light Show

Sounds Like Fun

- Deep "C", High "C"

- Catching Sound

- The Amazing Hum-o-comb

- Was It Ripped or Torn?

- Make Your Own Sound Studio

- The Silence of Snow

- Cigar-Box Guitar

- Dance, Sprinkles, Dance

- Natural Vibrations

- Musical Nails

- Make a Megaphone

- Dancing Cereal Puffs

- Wild Animal Calls

A Matter of Gravity

- Feel the Force

- Which Drops Faster?

- Find the Center of Gravity

- Wacky Ball

- Anti-Gravity Magic

Physics Mix

- The Deep, Dark Hole

- A Gyroscope in Your Pocket

- The Kissing Balloons

- Make a Balloon Rocket

- The Magic Water Bucket

- The Pendulum Sand Painting

It's Crystal Clear

- Sparkling Soda

- Astronomical White Asteroids

- Crazy Cave Icicles

- The Diamond Mine

- Blue Moon Rocks

- Rocky Mountains

- The Gem Show

- Hi, Sugar!

The Lab: CO2 and You

- Dynamite Dumplings

- How to Make a Manometer

- The Care and Use of Your Manometer

- CO2 Uplift

Kitchen Alchemy

- Spicy Infusion

- Give An Infusion Party

- Butter Me Up

- "Emulsional" about Mayonnaise

- In a Pickle

- Atoms Apple

- Lemon Aide

- Herb Dressing: To Be or Not to Be?

- I Scream!

- Endothermic Frozen Treat: Cranberry Lemon Snow

- Maple Snow Sugar

- Batter on the Moon

- I've Got a Crush on You

Food For Thought

- Tasting through Your Nose

- Some Like it Hot

- Wilting a Cucumber

- Too Many Potato Chips!

- Too Salty!

- What Pot?

- Which Boils Faster - Salted or Plain Water?

- Poached Egg Physics

- Salt Versus the Sweet Stuff

- Freezing Salt and Sugar

- The Candy Trap

- The Cookie Test

Green Broccoli and Other Vegetables

- The Vegetable Game

- How to Feed Celery

- Storing Carrots

- No Way to Treat a Lettuce

- Taming an Onion

- Taking the Starch Out of a Potato!

- Potato Race

- Milking a Potato

- Potato Soup

- Why Do Some Vegetables Smell Bad?

- Keeping of the Green

- Looking Good but Feeling Rotten!

- Cold or Hot

- Keeping a Lid On

- There Must Be a Better Way!

- Colorful Carrot

- About Legumes

- Culling

- Tough Cook, Tender Beans

- Sprouting Beans

Fruit of the Vine and Other Places

- Bite or Bake?

- Bursting an Apple

- Apple in a Cookie Jar

- One end is sweeter!

- How to Ripen a Fruit

- Getting Juice from a Lemon

- Rescuing an Apple

- Not in the Refrigerator

- Powerful Pineapple

- Currying Flavor with a Lime

- How to Make Vinegar

Grain: The Staff of Life

- What is Toast?

- Science for Breakfast

- Why Not Eat Flour Raw?

- Popping Popcorn

- Gluten: The Sticky Story

- Popovers: Gluten in Action

- Hidden Sugar

- Alice's Magic Pill

- The Sugar Eater

- Just Right

- The Pizza Test

- About Baking Soda

- About Baking Powder

- Powder Versus Soda

- Model Muffins

- Weather and Cookies

Making Food Last

- Hocus-Pocus-Raisins

- Freezing Herbs

- To Freeze or Not to Freeze

- Preserving a Pear

- Little Miss Muffet

Talking About Time

- Now and Then

- Time to Wake Up

- The Time of Your Life

- How Long Is a Minute?

Telling Time by the Moon

- Calendar Timeline

- Moon Time

- Different Drummers

- String Calendar

- Perpetual Calendar

- The Wobbly Week

Telling Time by the Sun

- Sundial Timeline

- Where Does My Shadow Go?

- Why Am I Sometimes Very Tall?

- Shadow Watch

- Shadow Temperature

- What's the Angle?

- Hand Dial

- Noon Marks

- Time Zones

Cloudy Day and Night Timetellers

- Cloudy Day Timeline

- Candle Timekeeper

- By A Nose!

- Water Clock

- Having It Both Ways

- A Knotty Problem

- Hourglass Timekeepers

- Invent Your Own Clock

Telling Time by the Stars

- Star Timeline

- Cereal Box Planetarium

- The Sky As Compass

- Star Map

- Some Timetelling Stars

- Star Time

Mechanical Clocks

- Mechanical Clock Timeline

- Yo-Yo Clock

- Get in Gear

- Why Clocks Count to Twelve

- Jewel As Cushions

- Pendulum Clocks

- Railroad Timetable

- Daylight Savings Time

- International Date Line

Super Clocks

- Super Clock Timeline

- Electric Clocks

- Make an Electric Motor

- Charged!

- Coin Battery

- Quartz Crystal Clocks

- The Piezoelectric Effect

- Digital Clocks

- Glowing in the Dark

- Timing the Past: The Radioactive Clock

- Atomic Clocks

- Time Machines - and More

Under Ground

- Rock and Roll

- It's a Dirty Job...

- Soak It Up

- Deeper and Deeper

- Nutrients Away

- Making Bricks

- A Crystal Garden

- From Dust to Dust

- Erosion Explosion

- Stem the Tide

- Did You Know?

- Compact and Loose

- Well, Well, Well

- From Shore to Shore

- More than You Know

- Ocean Motion

- You Crack Me Up!

- Drip, Drip, Drip

- Don't Rain on My Parade

- Acid Soil

- Did You Know?

Plenty of Plants

- Hey, What's Inside?

- Help Me Out

- Swell Time

- Top to Bottom

- A Growing Enterprise

- Hawaiian Harvest

- Green Highways

- The Name Game

- Water In, Water Out

- Don't Crowd Me

- Breathe Deeply

- Follow That Light

- Hanging On

- See Me Grow

- Flower Power

- A Powerful Force

- Hold That Mold

- My Bud-Bud-Buddy

- Adopt a Tree

- Plants Breathe, Too

- Did You Know?

- I'm Impressed

Wonderful Wildlife

- Feathered Friends

- Well Fed

- Feed Me, I'm Yours!

- Woodside Restaurant

- World's Greatest Birdfood

- Home Sweet Home

- Look Ma, No Hands!

- Worm World

- Creepy Crawlers

- The Ants Go Marching...

- Cricket Critters

- Web Warriors

- Net Gain

- Mealworm Magic

- Bee Home, Be Careful

- Sea Shrimp at the Seashore

- Can't See Me!

- I'm All Yours!

- Track record

- Sound Off

- Did You Know?

Ecosystems Near and Far

- Life in a Square

- Houses and Homes

- Happy Habitat

- A Simple Community

- My Own Backyard

- Bag of Bananas

- It's Absolutely Degrading!

- Did You Know?

Nature Problems to Solve

- A Plethora of Pollution

- Eggs Over easy

- Oil Change

- Not in My Air!

- A Band of Bands

- Acid from the Skies

- That Cookie is "Mine"

- Gumming up the Works

- Did You Know?

- Making a Difference

You're on the Air

- Ruler's Uprising

- Blowhard

- Let's Wing It!

- Foiled Again!

- Oddballs

- High Rollers: A Big Wind!

- Whirlybird

- Twirly-Whirlies

- Rotor Motor

- An American Yank

- I'm Banking On You!

- Meter-Made

- Tailspin

- Flap-Happy

- Flight Pattern

- What's All the Flap About?

- Forward March

- A "Prop-er" Engine: A Wheel Deal!

Traveling Bags: They're High and Mighty

- Airbag Balancing Act

- Toy Balloons and Old Bags: Still Rising to the Occasion

- Spinning Wheel: It's Wheel Science at Work!

A Matter of Gravity

- Cure-Ball Trajectory

- Spooling Around

- Weight Lifter: Stringing You Along!

- The Big Three: Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune

- Orbiter II: Operation Jupiter

- The Big Three: Countdown!

- Orbiter III: Operation Neptune

- I Get Around

- Slam Dunk

- Gumdrop

- Balance Bean & Airheads

- Flight: Up in the Air?

- Clipped Wings

- Our Fantastic Mini-Box Kite

- Build a Simple Kite! It's a Breeze!

- Hightail It to the Bridle Party

Exploration in Outer Space? Out of This World!

- Signs from Space: An Emblematic Concern

- Reentry Splashdown

- Moonscape I: Mark-It Research

- Moonscape II: A Heavy Hitter

- Moonscape III: Making a Good Impression

- Moving Picture

- Plan-It Plus

- Plan-It!

- Shuttle Wrap-Up: A Closed Case!

- Thermal Underwear: A Heated Problem

- Travel Agent

- Space Food: Can't Keep It Down!

- Man Your Station

- So You Want to be an Astronaut

- Designer Craft

Rocketry: The Three R's (Ready! Reaction! Replay!)

- Rocket Scientists Don't Fuel Around

- Designing a Rocket

- Shuttled About

- Line Item

- Booster Shot

- Completely Exhausted

- Four Going Retro

- Retrorocket I: Watch the Tube!

- Retrorocket II: A Perfect Roll Model

- Retrorocket III: Bully for You!

- Retrorocket IV: You're Canceled!

- Forging Retro

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