School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Physics Lecture demonstration manual

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This is a quick reference demonstration catalogue compiled for first year Physics lecturers at the University of Melbourne. Included are descriptions of apparatus, experimental arrangements and brief operational details.

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In: Electricity & Magnetism / Forces & fields from currents

Ea-9 Attraction and Repulsion Currents

Published: Thursday 25 November 2010

To demonstrate that currents will attract or repel depending whether they are parallel or anti-parallel.

In: Wave motion / Standing waves

Wb-9 Circular Standing Waves (The Ring of Fire)

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2009

To demonstrate circular standing waves in a pipe using sound waves and gas jets to indicate the pressure profile. May be useful when discussing the Bohr theory of the atom and the quantization of electron orbits.

In: Mechanics / Kinematics & Dynamics

Ma-5 Hotwheels Track

Published: Monday 22 June 2009

To demonstrate that an object rolled down a U-shaped track will roll up to the same height as it was released. Also, if the object (Hotwheels car) is rolled down a hill onto a flat track, the object will keep rolling until it is acted upon by an outside force.

In: Astronomy/Astrophysics

Aa-3 Gravity Drum

Published: Monday 22 June 2009

To demonstrate a model of gravity being the result of the curvature of space/time.

In: Mechanics / Kinematics & Dynamics

Ma-4 Projectile Cart

Published: Thursday 14 May 2009

To demonstrate the independence of horizontal and vertical motion.

In: Mechanics / Rotational Motion & Gyroscopes

Mi-10 Flattening of the Poles

Published: Thursday 30 April 2009

To demonstrate the flattening of 2 rings under the influence of the centrifugal force.

In: Electricity & Magnetism / Magnetic properties of Matter

Eh-9 Core memory

Published: Thursday 07 June 2007

To demonstrate a piece of ferrite core memory from an old PDP11 computer.

In: Mechanics / Central Forces

Mf-3 Watts governor

Published: Thursday 07 June 2007

To demonstrate the principles behind the Watts governor.

In: Heat & Thermodynamics / Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

Hg-1 Chemical Clock A+B

Published: Wednesday 06 June 2007

To demonstrate a cyclic chemical reaction, the Belousov- Zhabotinskii reaction.

In: Fluids & Surface tension / Hydrodynamics & Bernoullis law

Fc-10 Viscosity (Stokes Law)

Published: Wednesday 06 June 2007

To demonstrate Stokes law. This states that when a body moves through a fluid the viscous resistive force is proportional to the radius a and its velocity v.