Ace Your Physical Science Project: Great Science Fair Ideas

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Overview

Experiment with Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Learn all about physics and the states of matter with the fun science experiments in this book. Find out if you can make water flow upward, if carbon dioxide is heavier than air, and more! Many experiments include ideas you can use for your science fair.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Physical science is chemistry and physics and the place that they overlap. In this edition of the "Ace Your Physics Science Project" series, the authors' topics include the following: Matter: Gases, Liquids, and Solids; The Properties of Liquids, the Properties of Water; The Properties of Gases; Physical and Chemical Changes. There are hundreds of experiment books out there but this book is fairly unique in not shying away from working with gases. Gases are difficult to capture, and difficult to measure, but this book shows fairly simple techniques for measuring involving a balloon and displaced water. The experiments in the book are fun projects, but the results are discussed. For science fair projects, students would still need to work out the question that they would investigate, but the authors offer fruitful topics for investigation. For example, after learning how to measure gases with the displaced water, there is a topic area marked Science Project Ideas. These suggestions include: "Design an experiment to measure the volume of air that you normally inhale and exhale during breathing. Then find the largest amount of air that you can exhale after taking a deep breath." As with the whole series, this book will be useful for upper elementary and middle school students. Backmatter includes lists of further reading suggestions and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These three series offer a wealth of information and differ only in the topics they include. All begin with an introduction that discusses science-fair projects and the scientific method and lists safety tips. The texts consist of five chapters of themed experiments–for example, some of those in Animal Science Project are “Clever Lab and Field Studies” and “Studying Human Behavior.” The chapters introduce the concepts and the experiments that follow demonstrate them. Many entries conclude with ideas for science-fair projects; as in the publisher’s “Score! Sports Science Projects” series, they are indicated by a trophy symbol. Each experiment includes a materials list, steps to follow, questions to consider, and diagrams that clarify the directions. When something potentially dangerous is involved, an adult is listed as the first material in the list and a reminder is included in the experiment. Worthwhile purchases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766032255
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Ace Your Physics Science Project Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Science Fair Project Ideas 7

The Scientific Method 8

Science Fairs 10

Safety First 10

Chapter 1 Matter: Gases, Liquids, and Solids 13

1.1 The States of Matter 15

1.2 Measuring the Volume of Matter 19

1.3 Measuring the Mass in Matter 27

1.4 Finding the Density of Liquids and Solids 31

1.5 Density and Floating 35

Chapter 2 The Properties of Liquids 37

2.1 Experimenting With Solutions 38

2.2 What Is the Effect of Temperature on Solubility? 40

2.3 Liquids in Liquids 43

2.4 Exploring Emulsions 45

2.5 Viscosity (Thickness) of Liquids 46

2.6 Is It Solid or Liquid? 48

Chapter 3 The Properties of Water 49

3.1 Can a Needle Float? 51

3.2 Demonstrating Surface Tension 56

3.3 Seeing Cohesion and Adhesion 60

3.4 Can You Power Water Down a String? 62

3.5 Can You Make Water Flow Upward? 64

3.6 Experimenting With a Siphon 66

3.7 Capillary Action 69

Chapter 4 The Properties of Gases 71

4.1 What Is in an "Empty" Jar? 72

4.2 Air Pushing Water Out of the Way 74

4.3 Is Carbon Dioxide Heavier Than Air? 78

4.4 Measuring the Mass of Air 80

4.5 Measuring the Mass of Water in Air and in Water 81

4.6 Measuring the Mass of Gases 85

4.7 Finding the Density of Carbon Dioxide Gas 87

Chapter 5 Physical and Chemical Changes 91

5.1 Making Solids Disappear 93

5.2 Makind Solids Reappear 98

5.3 Making a Liquid Reappear (and a Gas Appear) 101

5.4 Temperature and Making Liquids Disappear 103

5.5 Making Solids Disappear as Liquids Appear and Vice Versa 106

5.6 Making a Liquid Appear in a Chemical Reaction 110

5.7 Observing Diffusion of Liquids and Gases 112

5.8 How Does Sugar Affect the Freezing Point of Water? 118

5.9 HowDoes Salt Affect Carbonated Beverages? 121

5.10 How Does Phosphoric Acid Affect Metal Oxides? 123

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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