The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion

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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

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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 23 Exploratorium experiments on force and motion. 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 electrifying discoveries.

Build a pendulum that swings in intriguing patterns. Create a swirling, spiraling "tornado" of water. Through these and other projects in The Spinning Blackboard, you can learn the science behind the principles of force and motion.

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 Cool Hot Rod and Other Electrifying Experiments on Energy and Matter

Presents over twenty experiments exploring the principles of mechanics. 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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Like The Cheshire Cat, this is an offering from the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. Children can experiment with physics principles that are easily observable in everyday life. Mass and gravity, buoyancy and fluid pressure are in here; so are bubbles and their amazing properties, as well as the oddities of non-round rollers. Directions are clear, and most of the projects can be carried out with readily available materials. Not just for teachers either-this would make a great parent-child activity book.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpTwenty-three demonstrations and experiments illustrating Newtonian laws of force and motion, based on exhibits at a hands-on science museum in San Francisco. The projects are easy to assemble. Some materials may be ordered from the Exploratorium, but directions for using substitutes are given. Each experiment, called a snack, includes a list of materials, instructions, things to do and notice, and an explanation of "What's Going On?" In some cases there are directions for assembling apparatus of two different sizes, appropriately called large and small snacks. All the projects are fun and can be used for recreation as well as in the classroom. Pen-and-ink drawings and black-and-white photographs are especially helpful in clarifying the procedures. An innovative and creative collection.Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471115144
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/6/1996
  • Series: Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

What This Book Is About.

Balancing Ball.

Balancing Stick.

Bernoulli Levitator.

Bicycle Wheel Gyro.

Bubble Suspension.

Bubble Tray.

Center of Gravity.

Coupled Resonant Pendulums.

Descartes' Diver.

Downhill Race.

Drawing Board.

Falling Feather.

Momentum Machine.

Nonround Rollers.

Resonant Pendulum.

Resonant Rings.

Resonator.

Soap Bubbles.

Spinning Blackboard.

Strange Attractor.

Take It from the Top.

Vortex.

Water Spinner.

Index.

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