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An electrostatics puzzler part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
An interactive lecture demonstration intended to help students use physics reasoning to predict the outcome of a puzzling electrostatics demonstration.

Subject: Physics, :Electricity & Magnetism, Electricity & Magnetism:Electrostatics, Physics:Education Foundations:Alternative Conceptions, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning

A simple motor/generator demonstration for use in interactive lecture part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes a simple clear demonstration of electric generators (Faraday's Law) and electric motors (Lorentz Force). This demonstration can be used as an interactive lecture demonstration.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Magnetic Fields and Forces, Electromagnetic Induction, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

Contructing a projectile launcher and free falling target part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes the construction and use of a pneumatic cannon and free falling target used to teach the concepts of projectile motion in introductory physics.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Gravity, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:DC Circuits, Physics:General Physics:Equipment, Physics:Education Practices:Instructional Material Design, Technology, Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in Two Dimensions, Projectile Motion, Physics:Education Foundations:Teacher Content Knowledge, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning

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

Water Contamination Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary: Misplaced Matter and Water Pollution The drinking water pollution demonstration provides a very simple but dramatic way to get students to think about water contamination and drinking water standards, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

Seasons 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 the Earth's position in space, the Earth's rotation axis and seasons.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Physics:Astronomy:Solar System

Tree Ring Model 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 the natural variations of tree-ring width and their uses for determining past climatic ...

Subject: Biology:Ecology

Plate Kinematics 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 the dynamics of plate kinematics.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

The US economy during your lifetime part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.

Subject: Economics:Macro

Membranes and Cell Structure part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
A one page assignment that uses online tutorials to give students a first exposure to the components of a cell and membrane.

Subject: Biology