Other Physics

Repeat Important Experiments of Measurements in the History of Physics

Cavendish Measurement of G, the Universal Constant of Gravity

  • Learn about the classical experiment
  • Try to repeat it
  • Learn about modern versions of measurements of G
  • Learn why G is the least well known constant of nature and why this is such a big deal


Milliken Oil Drop Experiment, Measure the Fundamental Charge of the Electron

  • Learn about the classical experiment
  • Try to repeat it
  • Learn about modern versions of measurements of G
  • Learn why G is the least well known constant of nature and why this is such a big deal


Vernier Experiments

Become the local expert using Vernier equipment. I have a number of books with step-by-step instructions how to use the gear and perform investigations. 


Other Experiment Ideas

Explore Physics in a Playground Setting

  • A Merry-Go-Round for “Fictitious Forces”
  • A Slide for inclined planes
  • A Teeter Totter for leverage
  • Swings for Pendula
  • Plastic slides for static electricity


Explore Physics in an Amusement Park Setting

  • Do some research, see what you can find.
  • Use smartphone apps and/or Vernier equipment.
  • Plan a trip to Oaks Park to test things out.


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