Physics

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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Oil and Pyrex

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Ordinary glass objects seem to disappear as you submerge them in a bath of oil. This experiment is spectacular and very messy!

Using the refractive index of vegetable oil to make a glass bowl 'disappear'.
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Air Streams

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Can you make something float on thin air? Find out how to levitate ping pong balls and why planes can fly in this entertaining experiment.

Balancing balls on upward streams of air, and looking at aerodynamics.
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Spinny Chair

Use a freely spinning chair, some masses and a bicycle wheel to see some unintuitive physics.
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Camera obscura and lenses

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The camera obscura uses a lens to project an image of the outside world onto a white screen inside the CHaOS event. Can you figure out why it's upside down?

Peering at the outside world through a lens.
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