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Nuclear Fission Project

Keywords: chemical, nuclear, reaction rates

Yes, you can do this at home.

Students can model a self-sustaining reaction using ping pong balls and mouse traps while varying the density/concentration of the reactants to see how that affects the rate of reaction.

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5 years 24 weeks ago

Bicycle Power

Keywords: bicycle, chi-squared, power, spreadsheets

How can you measure the mechanical power required to pedal a bicycle by observing how it slows down when you stop pedalling?

The forces acting on a bicycle can be estimated by observing the rate at which it slows down when you stop pedalling. This technique can, in principle, be used for any transportation vehicle.

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5 years 35 weeks ago

Energy cost of flying

Keywords: energy, energy loss, flight, potential energy

Gliders and planes glide similarly. How similar?

The power required to keep a toy plane flying can be inferred from the way it glides. This technique also works for full-sized aircraft.

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5 years 47 weeks ago

TriColour LED Flashlight

Keywords: activity, battery, breadboard, circuit, colour addition, LED, resistors, switch, tricolour LED

Make your own TriColour LED Flashlight!

This is a straightforward classroom or summer camp activity to teach students simple circuitry and the addition of colours. The students can go home with a useful and energy-efficient flashlight.

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6 years 4 weeks ago
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