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There are many interesting elements - pick an element, any element. What is known about your chosen element?
Topics: periodic table, element
Matter is all around us but how do we describe it?
Topics: matter, physical properties
What causes a gravitational force? How does it vary with distance? How can we determine the Universal Law of Gravitation and the gravitational constant?
Topics: Cavendish, physics, gravitation
What forces are present when you are rotating on a merry-go-round? How do you know you are accelerating? What role does friction play? What do Ladybugs have to do with any of this?
Topics: circular motion, physics, centripetal force
How can we create "artificial gravity" in deep space? How can we ensure that our astronauts experience 9.8 g's? Can movies offer us some insight into this?
Topics: centripetal force, gravity, circular motion
What happens when a Ferris wheel spins too fast? What does it feel like at the top? At the bottom? How can we design a safe ride?
Topics: centripetal force, physics, circular motion
What are Cathode Ray Tubes? Can you interpret the results of a series of famous experiments to help explain what these mysterious "rays" actually are?
Topics: cathode ray tubes, electric field, electrostatics
How do we represent electric fields? How do they vary with distance? Can you predict charges based on the fields they create? Can you "discover" Coulomb's Constant experimentally?
Topics: electrostatics, field lines, electric field
Can you match free-body-diagrams with descriptions of motion? Are you able to create basic kinematics graphs based on these diagrams and your understanding of Newton's Laws?
Topics: forces, vectors, free-body diagrams
Can you predict the outcome of a collision based on the properties of the objects involved? What makes some collisions more violent than others?
Topics: impulse, momentum, collision
How do CS investigators use skid marks to analyze an accident scene?
Topics: friction, kinematics, dynamics
How are bird wings similar to your arm?
Topics: bones, chicken wing, arm
How can you determine the overall uncertainty in your result based on the uncertainty in your measurements?
Topics: physics, uncertainty, error analysis
"You shall not pass!"… Unless you can analyze this famous video clip from Fellowship of the Rings. Can you calculate the length of Balrog's whip?
Topics: free-fall, physics, kinematics
What techniques do software engineers, or CGI architects, use to create realistic, animated videos? How do they manipulate the laws of physics to render a whimsical experience?
Topics: kinematics, projectile, video analysis
What do firefighters and water fountain architects have in common? A mastery of projectile motion.
Topics: kinematics, physics, projectile motion
What are the properties of a projectile that make its path predictable? How can we be sure that the "human cannonball" hits the safe target?
Topics: kinematics, physics, projectile
Real world motion should adhere to the laws of physics. Can you predict various the motion graphs for a given projectile? What assumptions do we make?
Topics: kinematics, video analysis, projectile
We all know that great athletes are physically strong. But they are also very “efficient” at what they do. What does this mean?
Topics: energy, human kinetics, efficiency
What energy transformations are involved with a HotWheels track? Why are some tracks more efficient than others?
Topics: conservation of energy, efficiency
What are the energy transformations involved when riding in a skatepark? Can you design a more efficient riding experience?
Topics: efficiency, energy conservation, skatepark
Can you design a circuit to specifications using a schematic? How can Ohm’s Law help in the design? Can you test your design with ammeters and voltmeters?
Topics: Ohm's Law, resistors, circuits
What is meant by “reverse engineering”? Have you ever taken apart something electronic to see how it works? Can you make it better with a few modifications?
Topics: circuits, schematics, reverse engineering
Why do batteries get warm when they are overworked? Why are some batteries more expensive than others? How can we test the performance of a battery?
Topics: emf, terminal voltage, battery
Are you clever enough to determine unknown circuit components by analyzing voltages and currents from other, more accessible, areas? What does it mean to measure a parameter “indirectly”?
Topics: Kirchhoff, Ohm's Law, parallel, circuits
Your body digests food on the daily, what are some issues that can arise during this process?
Topics: Digestive system, stomach, Digestive issues
In physics, we often interpret motion using graphs. Can you look at a graph and determine the motion being represented?
Topics: kinematics, physics, graphing
How do surveyors or geographers determine the heights of extremely tall objects? How can height be determined indirectly with simple physics?
Topics: projectiles, trigonometry, kinematics
How can we predict the velocities for the masses involved in a simple explosion? What about the forces involved? Momentum and Impulse play a key role.
Topics: impulse, momentum, explosions
Collisions happen all of the time. Can you predict the outcome of a simple one-dimensional collision? What physical laws are important? What is conserved?
Topics: conservation, impulse, momentum
How can we build a model to better visualize how our circulatory system works?
Topics: blood, heart, model, circulatory system
What makes your back flexible?
Topics: spine, stretch
Robotic limbs play an important role in many people's lives. Can you build your own robotic arm?
Topics: artificial limbs, technology, robotic arm
The air we breathe is filled with oxygen. How can we prove this?
Topics: lungs, respiratory system, oxygen
When taking a deep breath how much air can your lungs hold?
Topics: breath, oxygen, lungs
What is the best way to explain how oxygen moves through the body?
Topics: blood, lung, oxygen
How do scientists estimate the number of fish in a lake? There's no way that they can count them all!
Topics: estimating, samples, math