Physics at Home Archive - Page 2
Ear Guitar - Jun 1, 2012
Build an ear guitar (otherwise known as a string telephone) with the directions at Ear Guitar. Have an adult work with you.
Balancing Act - May 1, 2012
PhET Simulation: Radio Waves & Electromagnetic Fields - Apr 1, 2012
Rotating Light - Mar 1, 2012
Right-and left-handed molecules were discovered because their solutions have the opposite effect on polarized light. For a related effect, try the famous Karo® syrup demonstration, as described in this Exploratorium activity. To see the demo, check out this YouTube video.
Visit Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Extrasolar Planets Lab to try to simulations of how extrasolar planets are detected indirectly--that is, without making an image of the planet.
Bottled tornado - Jan 1, 2012
Make your own vortex at home--see Bottled tornado for how to do it. And be sure you have an adult with you.
A Magnet That Drips: Making Ferrofluids - Dec 1, 2011
Ferrofluids like the ones pictured above are not difficult to make--you can prepare your own by following the instructions at A Magnet That Drips: Making Ferrofluids. Since the ferrofluid will be messy, make sure your work area is easy to clean. Also, be sure you have an adult working with you.
Time Traveler - Nov 1, 2011
Try these two activities showing how special relativity affects time during space travel:
S'Cool: Observing Contrails - Oct 1, 2011
Visit NASA's S'Cool: Observing Contrails for images of various cloud types, related information, and cloud observing tips.
Geocaching - Sep 1, 2011
Do you have a GPS at home? Try taking it outside and exploring your area with Geocaching. It's a modern-day treasure hunting game, using your GPS to find packages left by fellow "Geocachers." All you have to do is sign up on the website, search for geocaches near you, put in the coordinates, and go! Be sure to have an adult with you.