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ERIC Number: EJ859360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The "Nut-Drop" Experiment--Bringing Millikan's Challenge to Introductory Students
McCann, Lowell I.; Blodgett, Earl D.
Physics Teacher, v47 n6 p374-379 Sep 2009
One of the difficulties in teaching 20th-century physics ideas in introductory physics is that many seminal experiments that are discussed in textbooks are difficult or expensive for students to access experimentally. In this paper, we discuss an analogous exercise to Millikan's oil-drop experiment that lets students experience some of the physics involved in the experiment and some of the difficulties Millikan faced.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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