Junk Drawer Physics

Junk Drawer Physics

50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost A Thing

Book - 2014
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A children's instructional book on how to use readily available materials to turn the house into a science lab Physics teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat? Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children about physics topics that include magnetism, electricity, force, motion, light, energy, sound, and more, and have fun at the same time.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Chicago Review Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781613749203
Branch Call Number: JUV 530 MER 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Apr 16, 2017

Incredible book for any age to explore science and open questions as to how and why things work in nature in this age of amazing technology. There are a few projects in the book that even that my 4 year old grandchildren would understand and enjoy. This would be a great book to own for anyone who would like to keep children interested and occupied in projects that don't involve spending a fortune at the toy/electronics store, which is why it's named "junk drawer physics." Most things you'll need can be found there. And there are a lot of experiments in the book I want to try for myself! In this day of total automation it's even more important for young ones to know how and why things behave in our world without just pushing a button, touching a screen or sticking a new battery in a slot. Getting reacquainted with mother nature.

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