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Contructing a projectile launcher and free falling target part of 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

Shape of the demand curve part of Examples
A classroom auction reveals reservation prices and a demand curve for an introductory economics course.

Subject: Economics:Markets

An electrostatics puzzler part of 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 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

Adhesion, Cohesion, and Surface Tension Demonstration part of Examples
This short (<5-10 minutes) pair of demonstrations uses glass slides with a very thin film of water to demonstrate the cohesive and adhesive forces of water molecules, and a needle floating on water to demonstrate surface tension.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

Presenting the Geologic Timescale part of Examples
This project has students model the geologic timescale using distance as a metaphor for time. Students give presentions spaced at distances which represent how far apart in time the events occurred.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Pressure Melting of Ice: While-U-Wait part of Examples
In this demonstration, students get to witness pressure melting and regelation first-hand. A weight is suspended via a thin wire over an ice cube. Over the course of the course of the demonstration, the wire passess through the ice, leaving undamaged ice in its wake.

Subject: Physics, Geoscience:Hydrology

Crystallization from Melt Demonstration part of 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 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 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