PIRA Classification Scheme

"PIRA" stands for the Physics Instructional Resource Association, partially supported by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Join the [http://www.aapt.org AAPT!]

The goal of the PIRA Demonstration Classification Scheme was created to provide a logical organization and universally inclusive unique number to every lecture demonstration nation wide. The structure of the classification system is as follows:

 Example: 1D60.10.a Howitzer and Tunnel (another name, Ballistic Cart and Bridge) attachment:piralogo.jpg 1 Area (mechanics) attachment:UWLogo2x2.jpg D Topic (motion in two dimensions) 60 Concept (projectile motion) .10 Demonstration (Howitzer and Tunnel) For more info Click [http://physicslearning.colorado.edu/PiraHome/dcs/PIRADCS.html DCS] .a Duplication UW-Madison addition for multiple units, (a, b, c, ...)

(links will become active as demonstrations are catalogued)

1. Mechanics (ME)

 1A-[:Measurement:Measurement] 1C-[:MotionIn1D:Motion in One Dimension] 1D-[:MotionIn2D:Motion in Two Dimensions] 1E-[:RelativeMotion:Relative Motion] 1F-[:Newtons1STLaw:Newton's First Law] 1G-[:Newtons2NDLaw:Newton's Second Law] 1H-[:Newtons3RDLaw:Newton's Third Law] 1J-[:RigidBodies:Statistics of Rigid Bodies] 1K-[:AppNewtonsLaws:Applications of Newton's Laws] 1L-[:Gravity:Gravity] 1M-[:WorkEnergy:Work and Energy] 1N-[:Linear_Momentum: Linear Momentum] 1Q-[:RotationalDynamics:Rotational Dynamics] 1R-[:PropertiesOfMatter:Properties of Matter] [:MEEquipmentList: ME-Equipment List]

2. Fluid Mechanics (FM)

 2A-[:SurfaceTension:Surface Tension] 2B-[:StaticsOfFluids:Statics of Fluids] 2C-[:DynamicsOfFluids:Dynamics of Fluids]

3. Waves and Sound (WS)

 3A-[:Oscillations:Oscillations] 3B-[:WaveMotion:Wave Motion] 3C-[:Acoustics:Acoustics] 3D-[:Instruments:Instruments] 3E-[:SoundReproduction:Sound Reproduction]

4.Thermodynamics (TD)

 4A-[:ThermalProperties:Thermal Properties of Matter] 4B-[:FirstLaw:Heat and the First Law] 4C-[:ChangeofState:Change of State] 4D-[:KineticTheory:Kinetic Theory] 4E-[:GasLaw:Gas Law] 4F-[:SecondLaw:Entropy and the Second Law]

5. Electricity and Magnetism (EM)

 5A-[:Electrostatics:Electrostatics] 5B-[:ElectricFieldsAndPotential:Electric Fields and Potential] 5C-[:Capacitance:Capacitance] [:Resistance:5D-Resistance] 5E-[:EMFandCurrent:Electromotive Force and Current] 5F-[:DCCircuits:DC Circuits] 5G-[:MagneticMaterials:Magnetic Materials] 5H-Magnetic Fields and Forces 5J-Inductance 5K-Electromagnetic Induction 5L-AC Circuits 5M-Semiconductors and Tubes 5N-Electromagnetic Radiation [:EMEquipmentList: EM-Equipment List]

6. Optics (OP)

 6A-Geometrical Optics 6B-Photometry 6C-Diffraction 6D-Interference 6E-Interference 6F-Color 6H-Polarization 6J-The Eye 6Q-Modern Optics

7. Modern Physics (MP)

 7A-Quantum Effects 7B-Atomic Physics 7D-[:NuclearPhysics: Nuclear Physics] 7E-Elementary Particles 7F-Relativity

8. Astronomy

 8A-Planetary Astronomy 8B-Stellar Astronomy 8C-Cosmology

9. Equipment

 9A-Support Systems 9B-Electronic 9C-Mechanical

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