PIRA Code(s): 1D15.45 Set up time:1 minute Operation: Place balls of equal mass and size at the top of the tracks, one at the cycloid, one at the parabola, and one at the straight track. Let the balls roll down, the cycloid ball will arrive first. Then, place two balls on the cycloid track, one at the top and one a little ways down. The two balls will reach the end at the same time. Physics and Science Concepts: Motion in Two Dimensions Safety: None
PIRA Code(s): 1G20.45 Set up time:2 minutes Operation: Hold a slinky in your hand high enough so that when it falls it will not touch the floor. Still holding the top of the slinky, let the rest drop down towards the ground. Physics and Science Concepts: Newton’s Second Law Safety: Ends of slinky may be sharp or become tangled
PIRA Code(s): 1Q20.99 Set up time:3 minutes Operation: Take the arm and put it in the slots on the trebuchet. Put the projectile into the green pouch and place the string around the end of the rod. Stick the pin through the three eyelets on he arm and base of the apparatus. Then load the counterweight onto the end of the arm near the wheels. Pull the string to launch the trebuchet. Physics and Science Concepts: Mechanics, Rotational Energy Safety: Do not attempt to catch the projectile. Stay out of the projectile’s path. Stand clear of the swinging arm. The trebuchet is capable of flinging projectiles 20 meters or more, so choose projectiles and counterweights wisely. Safety glasses must be worn when operating.
PIRA Code(s): 1Q50.60 Set up time:2 minutes Operation: Use the string or turn the rotor with your thumb to start the gyroscope spinning. Take care to hold the gyroscope and metal hold in place relative to the top block of wood. Then, spin the wooden block, stop it, and reverse the direction of the spin. The gyroscope will do a spin flip. Physics and Science Concepts: Rotational dynamics, Mechanics Safety: None
PIRA Code(s): 6A20.45 Set up time:none Operation: Use the different types of mirrors to compare reflection. Physics and Science Concepts: Geometrical Optics, Reflection Safety: Do not shine bright light into mirror.
PIRA Code(s): 6A40.99 Set up time:none Operation: Shine a focused beam of light at one of the facets of the prism. Light is refracted and split into its constituent wavelengths (i.e. Colors of the rainbow). These can be used with various other optical experiments. Physics and Science Concepts: Optics, Refraction Safety: Edges and corners may be sharp
PIRA Code(s): 1Q30.60 Set up time:10 minutes Operation: Spin the frame and watch the two balls move outwards. For the plexiglass demo, squirt green liquid (or pour) into the frame so that the liquid is at least an inch deep. Then, plug in the cord. Physics and Science Concepts: Centrifugal force Safety: Make sure objects and people are well clear of the spinning frame. Wear safety goggles during operation.