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Mechanical Calculation

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Electronic calculators are everywhere but how can we get these machines to understand simple tasks like addition? Explore some of the first decimal calculators and then explore modern binary arithmetic.

Adding numbers using mechanical calculators.
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Orrery

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Static Electricity and Kelvin Generator

Various experiments with static electricity.
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Freezing Lemonade in front of your eyes

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Open a bottle of lemonade and watch it freeze solid!

Freezing lemonade by lowering air pressure.
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Liquid Nitrogen

Various demonstrations with liquid nitrogen
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Fire Piston

Igniting cotton wool by compressing a cylinder of air.
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Flame Tornado

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Watch a tornado form under the effects of moving air.

Demo of a flame tornado
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Railway Tracks

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Explore the shape of train wheels encountering equilibria and stability.

How the shape of wheels helps trains go round corners
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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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