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Broomfield, H.; Hirst, J.; Raven, M.; Joos, M.; Vafeiadis, T.; Chung, T. K.; Harrow, J.; Khoo, D.; Kwok, T.; Li, J.; Mandelstam, H.; Martin-Halls, J.; Perkins, R.; Singh, A.; Southwell, J.; Tsui, A.; Tsui, K.; Townsend, D.; Watson, H. – Physics Education, 2018
The CERN Beamline for Schools Competition gives high school students the opportunity to perform an experiment of their design using the T9 facility. Our team, 'Relatively Special', was fortunate enough to be joint winners of this global event and travel to CERN for a unique adventure. This paper gives an account of our story including the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Experiments
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Silva, M. C.; Vilela, D. C.; Migoto, V. G.; Gomes, M. P.; Martin, I. M.; Germano, J. S. E. – Physics Education, 2017
Ionizing radiation one of modern physics experimental teaching in colleges and high school can be easily implemented today due to low coasts of detectors and also electronic circuits and data acquisition interfaces. First it is interesting to show to young's students what is ionizing radiation and from where they appears near ground level? How it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Woithe, Julia; Brown, Alexander; Jende, Konrad – Physics Education, 2016
In the context of the recent re-start of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the challenge presented by unidentified falling objects (UFOs), we seek to facilitate the introduction of high energy physics in the classroom. Therefore, this paper provides an overview of the LHC and its operation, highlighting existing education resources, and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Energy, Science Curriculum
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Kourkoumelis, C.; Vourakis, S. – Physics Education, 2014
This paper describes an interactive tool for analysis of data from the ATLAS experiment taking place at the world's highest energy particle collider at CERN. The tool, called HYPATIA/applet, enables students of various levels to become acquainted with particle physics and look for discoveries in a similar way to that of real research.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Visualization
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Nunn, John – Physics Education, 2014
A simple inductive gravimeter constructed from a rigid plastic pipe and insulated copper wire is described. When a magnet is dropped through the vertically mounted pipe it induces small alternating voltages. These small signals are fed to the microphone input of a typical computer and sampled at a typical rate of 44.1 kHz using a custom computer…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Magnets
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Oliveira, V. – Physics Education, 2014
We compare the period of oscillation of an ideal simple pendulum with the period of a more "real" pendulum constituted of a rigid sphere and a rigid slender rod. We determine the relative error in the calculation of the local acceleration of gravity if the period of the ideal pendulum is used instead of the period of this real pendulum.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Principles, Motion
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Gómez-Tejedor, José A.; Castro-Palacio, Juan C.; Monsoriu, Juan A. – Physics Education, 2014
We present a simple and accurate experiment to obtain the speed of sound in air using a conventional speaker and a microphone connected to a computer. A free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application allows determination of the time-of-flight of the wave for different distances, from which the speed of sound is…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Computer Uses in Education
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Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan – Physics Education, 2013
In this paper we present two experiments to measure Boltzmann's constant--one of the fundamental constants of modern-day physics, which lies at the base of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The experiments use very basic theory, simple equipment and cheap and safe materials yet provide very precise results. They are very easy and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Physics, Thermodynamics
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Quinn, Terry; Quinn, Lucas; Davis, Richard – Physics Education, 2013
A watt balance is an electromechanical device that allows a mass to be determined in terms of measurable electrical and mechanical quantities, themselves traceable to the fundamental constants of physics. International plans are well advanced to redefine the unit of mass, the kilogram, in terms of a fixed numerical value for the Planck constant. A…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Measurement Equipment
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Al-Azmi, Darwish; Karunakara, N.; Mustapha, Amidu O. – Physics Education, 2013
Ambient gamma dose rates in air were measured at different locations (indoors and outdoors) to demonstrate the ubiquitous nature of natural background radiation in the environment and to show that levels vary from one location to another, depending on the underlying geology. The effect of a lead shield on a gamma radiation field was also…
Descriptors: Radiation, Science Instruction, Measurement, Geology
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Ellery, Adam; Hughes, Stephen – Physics Education, 2012
The Moon appears to be much larger closer to the horizon than when higher in the sky. This is called the "Moon illusion" since the observed size of the Moon is not actually larger when the Moon is just above the horizon. This paper describes a technique for verifying that the observed size of the Moon is not larger on the horizon. The technique…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Space Sciences, Photography, Science Activities
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St. John, Stuart A. – Physics Education, 2012
The purpose of this work was to investigate ways in which everyday computers can be used in schools to fulfil several of the roles of more expensive, specialized laboratory equipment for teaching and learning purposes. The brief adopted was to keep things as straightforward as possible so that any school science department with a few basic tools…
Descriptors: Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Computer Peripherals, Science Departments
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Gagnon, Michel – Physics Education, 2011
Mainly used in the 1960s, bubble chambers played a major role in particle physics. Now replaced with modern electronic detectors, we believe they remain an important didactic tool to introduce particle physics as they provide visual, appealing and insightful pictures. Sadly, this rare type of detector is mostly accessible through open-door events…
Descriptors: Simulation, Mechanics (Physics), Computer Software, Science Instruction
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Lane, Frank – Physics Education, 2011
The mini dark room from Holywell High School costs nothing to make and has a construction time of 10 min. In spite of progress, or perhaps because of it, light experiments often have to be performed without blackout. Put this idea into practice and each pupil can have a dark room--and best of all, it's free. In this article, the author describes…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Light
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Gluck, P. – Physics Education, 2010
This article reports a high school laboratory project whose theme is the motion of a small ball on cycloidal tracks. Models were built both of a brachistochrone and of a Huygens pendulum clock whose bob is constrained to move on a cycloidal path. Photogates and a data acquisition system were employed in order to investigate experimentally the…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Motion, High School Students
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