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The Cool Hot Rod and Other Electrifying Experiments on Energy and Matter

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Overview

Bring the fun of a world-famous science museum into your own classroom or home!

THE EXPLORATORIUM SCIENCE SNACKBOOK SERIES

"Clear, concise, and visual—the best assortment of wonder- filled ideas I have seen. A must-have." —Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics

"Almost as much fun as exploring the Exploratorium, which, of course, is a googolplex of fun." —Jearl Walker, author of The Flying Circus of Physics, with Answers

Now you can do your own version of 22 Exploratorium experiments on energy and matter. All you need is a little curiosity, a few simple materials . . . and this book. Each experiment is easy to do, fully illustrated, and loaded with advice, ideas, helpful hints, and dynamic discoveries.

Use the energy of an electric current to create movement. See a metal wire melt by changing its resistance to electricity. Through these and other projects in The Cool Hot Rod, you can learn the science behind electricity and energy transformation.

San Francisco's EXPLORATORIUM, source of the best-selling Explorabook, hosts half a million visitors each year. PAUL DOHERTY is the Director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, which introduces and encourages inquiry-based science teaching. DON RATHJEN is a physics and resource teacher-in-residence at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute.

Also available in The Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series:

  • The Cheshire Cat and Other Eye-Popping Experiments on How We See the World
  • The Magic Wand and Other Bright Experiments on Light and Color
  • The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion

Presents over twenty experiments exploring energy transformations and how they affect the everyday world. The experiments are miniature versions of some the exhibits at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's famed museum of science, art, and human perception.

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Gr 5-8The wizards from San Francisco's Exploratorium have assembled a collection of science demonstrations dealing with energy and matter, many of which focus on properties of electricity and magnetism. Experimental procedures and explanations of what occurred are clear and knowledgeable; they even include a projection for the amount of time the entire procedure will take to set up and run. Many of the topics cover familiar ground, but the authors have developed creative approaches in several demonstrations, such as using Tinkertoys as equipment holders and a plastic film canister for a Leyden jar. Sophisticated terms, e.g., eddy currents and radioactive half-life, are effectively introduced and some specialized equipment like a "C" clamp or dc microammeter can be readily obtained. Black-and-white photographs and diagrams accompany each entry. The Cool Hot Rod will be welcomed by teachers of elementary grade students as well as by curious older children.Alan Newman, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471115182
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/1996
  • Series: Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

What This Book Is About.

Charge and Carry.

Circles of Magnetism I. Circles of Magnetism IV.

Cold Metal.

Convection Currents.

Cool Hot Rod.

Curie Point.

Eddy Currents.

Electrical Fleas.

Electroscope.

Fog Chamber.

Gas Model.

Give and Take.

Hand Battery.

Hot Spot.

Magnetic Lines of Force.

Magnetic Pendulums.

Magnetic Suction.

Motor Effect.

Radioactive Decay Model.

Short Circuit.

Stripped Down Motor.

Index.

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