Ink Sandwiches, Electric Worms, and 37 Other Experiments for Saturday Science

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JHU Press, 2003 - Science - 334 pages
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How do you make a clock out of an ice cube? Send messages using bubbles? Make money using a tube that waltzes? This collection of curious and offbeat science experiments provides the answers to these and thirty-six other fascinating questions. Accomplished physicist and science writer Neil A. Downie covers a range of phenomena, from the rocking and rolling that drives a waltzing tube; to the fluid mechanics of a coffee-cup rev counter and biceps made from balloons; to the simple chemistry of red--hot batteries and wet solar cells. For each experiment, he provides historical anecdotes about the relevant phenomena, a list of equipment, detailed instructions, and a full explanation -- requiring only high-school mathematics -- of the science behind the procedure. For those intrigued by any experiment, he includes follow-up suggestions, which describe ways to tinker with the initial "recipe."

This collection of lively experiments, with complete explanations and simple mathematics, will appeal to high--school science teachers, inveterate tinkerers, amateur scientists, or anyone looking for a project for the next science fair.

 

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I am always looking for science/engineering projects that would be fun to do, and to encourage students to try. Neil Downie's first book, "Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other ... Read full review

Contents

CHAOTIC CLOCKS
1
Glecial Oacilletiona
13
Everleating Hourgleaa
20
AERODYMAGIC
31
SOUNDS INTERESTING
49
Pneumatic Drum
57
JOLLY SOATING
72
Follow That Field
79
MAVERICK MEASUREMENT
183
Coultera Bubblea
190
Electronic Eleatic
198
Light Tunnela
204
Reverae Electric Lamp Soler Tracker
213
Gravity Diode
220
AMIPLEX
226
CURIOUS COMMUNICATIONS
233

TRANSPORTS OF DELIGHT
91
Vacuum Railroad
100
Naggobot or Reverae Ice Vehicle
108
Boadiceaa Autochariot
115
Tubal Traveletor
122
CENTRIPETAL FORCE
131
Centripetal Chaoa
138
EXOTIC AMPLIFICATION
147
Electrolyator Amplifier
160
VISRATIONS ROTATIONS AND CHANCE
169
Motor Dice
176
Send Me a Bubblegram
245
Pneumatic Morae
252
SevenSegment Telegraph
259
UNUSUAL ACTUATORS
285
Ink Sandwichea
292
ELECTROCHEMICAL MAGIC 239
299
Unuaually Cool Sungleaaea
307
Wet Soler Cell
313
Hints and Tips
321
Index
329
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Neil A. Downie is a lead scientist with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and the author of Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects.

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