Better Physics Experiments: Cheap, Fun, and Solid


by
John Mays June 14, 2011


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2011

ABSTRACT:

While laboratory experiments in biology routinely capture students' imaginations, traditional workbook experiments in physics can be very frustrating. Equipment tends to work poorly, equipment costs can be high, students have a hard time understanding the artificial equipment, and students often are not enthusiastic about the dreary experiments. In this workshop we will review a number of novel experiments that do not use traditional physics lab apparatus. These activities are fun and memorable, generally inexpensive, and are technically rigorous. Experiments appropriate for students in both ninth and twelfth grade will be presented.


TAGS:

Biology Methods Physics Teaching


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John Mays
John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MEd in Secondary Education and an Master’s of Liberal Arts. He served as the Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School from 2001 to 2009, then became Director of the Laser Optics Lab at Regents. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009, and is the author of numerous student science texts and teacher resources. Now working full time as writer, publisher and consultant, John continues to teach students part time at the Laser Optics Lab at Regents.

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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Slaying the “Cram, Test, Forget” Dragon

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Course Sequencing for Upper School Science

Article - SCL Conference 2014


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