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Phases of the Moon part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This exercise has students use a simple physical model of the Earth, sun, and moon to understand why the moon changes phases from the perspective of Earthly observers.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Slinky and Waves part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Use a Slinky to show:P and S waves, Wave reflection, and Standing waves in interactive lecture demonstration.

Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves:Wave Motion, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Rheology/Behavior of Materials

Earthquake Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This demonstration uses an "earthquake machine" constructed from bricks, sand paper, and a winch, to simulate the buildup of elastic strain energy prior to a seismic event and the release of that energy during an earthquake.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

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

Magma Viscosity Demos part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This is an interactive lecture where students answer questions about demonstrations shown in several movie files. They learn to connect what they have learned about molecules, phases of matter, silicate crystal structures, and igneous rock classification with magma viscosity, and to connect magma viscosity with volcano explosiveness and morphology.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Igneous Processes, Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience, :Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

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

Helping Students Discover Total Internal Reflection part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to a situation, then are given another situation where it "doesn't work."??? This situation turns out to be one in which total internal reflection occurs. Students are then shown what happens with classroom apparatus.

Subject: Physics:Optics

Introduction to Work and Energy: The Hopper Popper Surprise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Work and Energy

Understanding the Motion of a Harmonic Oscillator part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This inteactive lecture and series of demonstrations develops the concepts and vocabulary of oscillatory motion as it relates to the motion of a mass on a spring.

Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves

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