Physics

Bouncing Balls and Falling Toast

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A selection of mechanics experiments which investigate the properties of bodies with added spin. From bouncing balls of walls to dropping toast from tables we find out the hidden influence of angular momentum and why it makes our carpet buttery.

Looking at odd properties of bodies with spin.
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Air Rockets

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift Off! With a lemonade bottle and a bike pump, we'll show you how to make a rocket! How high can you get it to fly?

Launching lemonade bottle air rockets along a rope
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Anti-bubbles

Make fascinating bubbles which rather than floating on water actually sink.
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Reversible Flow

Turn syrup one way, then the other, and see that it gets back where it started.
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Jelly Earthquakes

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Fault lines, tectonic plates, subduction modelled through slabs of jelly.

Making earthquakes happen in large slabs of jelly.
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Water rockets

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Try not to get wet as you fire water-powered rockets into the air. Who can shoot it the highest?

Launching lemonade bottle water rockets with a foot pump.
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Two Way Mirror

See things appear and vanish through the two way mirror
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Seeing Sound

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Find out what sound is, the difference between low and high sounds, and loud and quiet sounds, and learn about sounds we can't hear

Use an oscilloscope and slinky spring to see how sound travels
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Polarisation

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Experiment with the properties of light as certain filters block light, but only in certain directions!

Discover how polaroid filters block light as you turn them round
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UV (Fluorescence)

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The world looks different when it's lit by UV... see how you can use this type of light to make clothes look extra-bright, find out whether banknotes are real or fake, and revive dead glowsticks.

Looking at how materials fluoresce in UV light.
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