High School and Undergraduate Physics Practicals : With 3D Simulations book cover
1st Edition

High School and Undergraduate Physics Practicals
With 3D Simulations

ISBN 9781032197395
Published May 30, 2022 by CRC Press
246 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Companion website coming 20 July 2022!

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.