This project is devoted to the development and use of physics demonstrations for introductory classes. Explore demonstrations you have seen in class ( see https://wiki.physics.wisc.edu//facultywiki/Demonstrations ), develop new demonstrations (suggestions below), or work on the development of a video library ala http://www.pha.jhu.edu/dept/lecdemo/videodiscs.html. Here (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markusbuchnorgaard/the-sound-torch-set-your-music-on-fire/video_share) is someone capitalizing on one of our standard physics demonstrations. What others could be developed into a product?
The following list of physics demonstration development projects (compensation possible) are offered by Steve Narf:
Garage Physics Projects
1. Large Pelletron Overhaul: A pelletron is an electrostatic generator similar to that of a Van de Graaff generator.
2. Two smaller Pelletron generator projects.
3. Ripple Tank: Take all ripple tanks that I have and make something that work well enough for lecture that can be setup within 5 minutes.
4. Modify “Breaking Glass with Sound” demo by using a audio feedback loop. Box may need to be remade as well.
5. Building of a “real” Hertz’s Experiment
6. Design/Construction of a TV/CRT exhibit for the physics museum.
7. Redesign/Construction of the Chladni Plate exhibit for the physics museum.
8. Rebuild Spectra Lamp demonstration
9. Duplicate large Mousetrap Chain Reactor.
10. Design/Construction of a large Topler-Holz(Voss) electrostatic generator.
11. Design/Construction of an additive Leyden Jar demonstration.
12. Rebuild an old Van de Graaff generator.
13. Construction of a large Hydraulic Press demonstration to break 2x4’s
14. Finish building the portable Glass Geyser with padded suitcase.
15. Construction of a large LR time constant demonstration.
16. Anything that is “Grayed Out” within lecture demo data base. (eq. Mechanics: Measurement)