1st Edition

High School and Undergraduate Physics Practicals With 3D Simulations

By Robert Lucas Copyright 2022
    246 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    246 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book describes more than thirty physics practicals at high school and undergraduate levels with background information on each one, a description of the equipment needed, and instructions on how the experiment is performed. Uniquely, for those without access to a real laboratory, the book provides access to highly detailed 3D simulations of all the experiments.

    The simulations are a superset of the Virtual Physics Laboratory as reviewed and given the Green Tick of Approval by the Association for Science Education. They run in any browser that supports WebGL, such as Microsoft Edge or Firefox on Windows and Safari on Mac. For the school or university student who wants to practice and widen their knowledge of physics, or for those who are learning on their own, this is an ideal book for honing and broadening experimental skills.

    The simulations are the result of many years researching the teaching of online science, a field in which the author has published many papers.

    The companion website for the book can be found here: https://www.virtual-science.co.uk/

    About the Author


    Chapter 1 Millikan’s oil drop experiment

    Chapter 2 Planck’s constant

    Chapter 3 Rutherford’s gold foil experiment

    Chapter 4 Acceleration due to gravity

    Chapter 5 Average velocity using an airtrack

    Chapter 6 Acceleration using an airtrack

    Chapter 7 Newton’s second law using an airtrack

    Chapter 8 Conservation of energy using an airtrack

    Chapter 9 Conservation of momentum using an airtrack

    Chapter 10 Hooke’s law

    Chapter 11 Young’s modulus

    Chapter 12 Conservation of momentum using ballistic balance

    Chapter 13 Simple pendulum

    Chapter 14 SHM with mass spring system

    Chapter 15 Capacitor  charge and discharge

    Chapter 16 Internal resistance

    Chapter 17 IV characteristics of a diode

    Chapter 18 IV characteristics of a filament light bulb

    Chapter 19 Resistivity of constantan

    Chapter 20 Resistors in series and parallel

    Chapter 21 Heat transfer

    Chapter 22 Boyle’s law

    Chapter 23 Charles’s law

    Chapter 24 Mechanical equivalent of heat

    Chapter 25 Specific heat capacity of brass

    Chapter 26 Investigation of mechanical waves

    Chapter 27 Measuring the speed of water ripples

    Chapter 28 Infrared radiation

    Chapter 29 Diffraction using a monochromatic laser

    Chapter 30 Inverse square law for gamma radiation

    Chapter 31 Refraction of light

    Chapter 32 Magnetic field due to a coil of wire

    Chapter 33 Investigation of magnetic flux of a current carrying wire

    Chapter 34 Magnetic flux linkage

    Appendix 1 Uncertainties

    Appendix 2 Using Excel for the results

    Appendix3 Controlling the simulations


    Rob Lucas has worked in and around education for forty years. As well as teaching at university undergraduate and postgraduate levels, he has created many software products for teaching. These include TOM, the Thoroughly Obedient Moron, which is a computer simulator for Windows, the Virtual Language Laboratory, which was the first multimedia language lab that used a PC network, and many science 3d simulations based on his research into online methods for teaching Physics.