PIRA Code(s): 3A10.20 Set up time:1 minute Operation: Move the weight along the hacksaw blade. Pull back on the blade and release. When the weight is at the top of the blade the frequency is smaller compared to when the weight is at the bottom. Physics and Science Concepts: Oscillations Safety: Edge of blade may be sharp.
PIRA Code(s): 3A10.40 Set up time:none Operation: Push the pendulum so that it swings back and forth at an angle of about 0 º. Then, slowly increase the angle, and watch the frequency decrease. For a more effective demonstration, start the pendulum at a relatively high angle, and then decrease the angle of the plane of oscillation so that the frequency of the pendulum will increase over time. Physics and Science Concepts: Oscillations Safety: None
PIRA Code(s): 3A20.80 Set up time:1 minute Operation: Shake the cup to send large waves down the spring and create sounds similar to whale songs or star trek laser blasts. Speak into the cup and the spring will create an echoing effect. Physics and Science Concepts: Oscillations and Waves Safety: Do not hyperextend slinky.
PIRA Code(s): 3B20.11 Set up time:2 minutes Operation: Lay the slinky down on the ground and push it back and forth lengthwise to make longitudinal waves. Physics and Science Concepts: Longitudinal Waves Safety: Ends of slinky may be sharp or may tangle.
PIRA Code(s): 3B30.30 Set up time:10 minutes (5 minutes to pump the bell jar) Operation: Plug in the pump and attach the clear tube of the pump to the valve. Turn the switch on the power supply to ascertain that the alarm is working properly. Then, pump out the air inside the bell jar. It will take about 5 minutes to obtain a low enough air pressure so that the alarm will not sound. Turn the alarm on and slowly open the valve, allowing the air pressure in the bell jar to increase. The sound of the alarm will also gradually increase. Physics and Science Concepts: Sound waves Safety: A glass jar containing a vacuum can be extremely hazardous if broken.
PIRA Code(s): 3D32.15 Set up time:No setup required. Operation: First, slide blow into the mouthpiece located at the top of the whistle. Next, move the piston to create different frequencies. If you have trouble moving the piston and blowing into the whistle simultaneously, have another person work the piston. Physics and Science Concepts: Waves, Oscillations, Frequency, Pitch Safety: Do not blow too hard or for extended periods of time as this may cause dizziness or headaches. Clean the mouthpiece in between use.
PIRA Code(s): 3D46.16 Set up time:no setup required Operation: Place the boxes with open cavities facing, one box length apart. Strike the first tuning fork with the striker. Stop the vibrations with your hand. Listen closely for the sound coming from the second fork. Physics and Science Concepts: Waves and Oscillations 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): 6D20.10 Set up time:none Operation: For best results, observe the sun, moon, or fluorescent lights through the films. Physics and Science Concepts: Optics, Light Spectrum Safety: Keep fingerprints off film.
PIRA Code(s): 6D30.10 Set up time:none Operation: Shine light through the rings so that they are reflected onto a wall. An overhead is good for this. Turn the screws on the frame to change the interference pattern. Physics and Science Concepts: Interference Safety: Over head projector may be obtained from demo 9A36.10.
PIRA Code(s): 9C40.67 Set up time:none Operation: Scintillators can be used as a part of an experiment or by themselves to detect energetic particles from a radioactive source or from the background. Physics and Science Concepts: Optics Safety: Must have appropriate radiation health training prior to requiring sources. See the University of Delaware’s OSHA website.