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Crystallization from Melt Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This demonstration uses melted phenyl salicylate to show how crystals nucleate and grow as the temperature of the liquid melt decreases.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystal Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes

Copper Extraction Demonstration Tutorial part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary This demonstration uses sulfuric acid and crushed copper ore (malachite) to produce a solution of copper sulfate and carbonic acid in a beaker. When a freshly sanded nail is dropped into the copper sulfate ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Native Elements, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Metals, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Oxides and Hydroxides

Subduction Zone Earthquakes part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Seismology

Demonstration of radioactive decay using pennies part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A demonstration (with full class participation) to illustrate radioactive decay by flipping coins. Shows students visually the concepts of exponential decay, half-life and randomness. Works best in large classes – the more people, the better.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Exploring Radiometric Dating with Dice part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
An activity in which students use dice to explore radioactive decay and dating and make simple calculations.

Subject: Mathematics, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes

Sonar Demonstration -- Human Sound Wave part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
Sonar technology allowed scientists to produce high-resolution maps of the sea floor for the first time. This sonar demonstration uses a Human Sound Wave to image the "sea floor" in a lecture hall. In ...

Subject: Physics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics

Properties of Electrostatic Charge: Interactive Lecture Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity is an interactive lecture demonstration format which can be used to teach the first lesson of electrostatics. Students will investigate conservation of charge, charge by contact, polarization of charge and charge by induction.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

The Magic of Optics: Now you see it, now you don't part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of mineral oil. Useful demonstration to introduce to concept of refraction (and/or partial reflection).

Subject: Physics:Optics

Understanding the Work Energy Theorem: In the lab or as lecture demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This series of questions before instruction, in-class peer instruction as students come to understanding, and visualization of an important mathematical relationship allow students to iterate and improve their understanding of work incrementally.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Work and Energy

Experiment Problem in Kinematics: How Much Does it Take to Win the Race? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
In this activity, students are presented with two objects that have different constant speeds and that will race each other. The students must determine which object will win the race, as well as either how much time elapses between the objects crossing the finish line.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in One Dimension