Physics

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.

PLUS experiment includes: Newton's laws, stable equilibria, drag, lift and the Magnus Effect.

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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Hot Air Balloons

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Make your own hot air balloon with a plastic bag and a toaster!

Making hot air balloons with plastic bags and a toaster.
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