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Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly: And 27 Other Saturday Science Projects

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How do you crack nuts with a piece of string? Reverse gravity? Cobble together a clock out of a coffee cup, a soda bottle, and some water? Use a vacuum cleaner and nineteenth-century railroad technology to fashion a makeshift bazooka that can launch paper projectiles? Create a rainbow in a block of Jello? This is a one-volume romp through a whole array of counterintuitive science experiments that require little more than common household items and a sense of curiosity. Prepare to have your surprise sensors on overload as Neil Downie stretches math, physics, and chemistry to do what they have never done before.

This book describes twenty-nine unusual but practical experiments, detailing how they are done and the math and physics behind them. It will delight both casual and inveterate tinkerers. Of varying levels of complexity, the experiments are grouped in sections covering a wide field of physics and the borders of chemistry, ranging from dynamic mechanics (Kinetic Curiosities) to electricity (Antediluvian Electronics) and combustion (Infernal Inventions). The chapters are titillatingly titled, from Twisted Sinews and Mole Radio to A Symphony of Siphons and Tornado Transistor. More-detailed explanations, along with simple mathematical models using high-school level math, are given in boxes accompanying each experiment.

Armchair scientists will welcome this edifying and entertaining alternative to idleness, not least for the buoyant prose, enriched by historical and literary anecdotes introducing each topic. With this book in hand, tinkerers, whether dabblers in science or devotees, students or teachers, need never again wonder how to impress friends, the judges at the science fair, and, not least, themselves.

Synopsis:

A one-volume romp through a whole array of counter-intuitive science experiments that require little more than common household items and a sense of curiosity. The book describes 29 unusual but practical experiments, detailing how they are done and the math and physics behind them.

Synopsis:

How do you crack nuts with a piece of string? Reverse gravity? Cobble together a clock out of a coffee cup, a soda bottle, and some water? Use a vacuum cleaner and nineteenth-century railroad technology to fashion a makeshift bazooka that can launch paper projectiles? Create a rainbow in a block of Jello? This is a one-volume romp through a whole array of counterintuitive science experiments that require little more than common household items and a sense of curiosity. Prepare to have your surprise sensors on overload as Neil Downie stretches math, physics, and chemistry to do what they have never done before.

This book describes twenty-nine unusual but practical experiments, detailing how they are done and the math and physics behind them. It will delight both casual and inveterate tinkerers. Of varying levels of complexity, the experiments are grouped in sections covering a wide field of physics and the borders of chemistry, ranging from dynamic mechanics (Kinetic Curiosities) to electricity (Antediluvian Electronics) and combustion (Infernal Inventions). The chapters are titillatingly titled, from Twisted Sinews and Mole Radio to A Symphony of Siphons and Tornado Transistor. More-detailed explanations, along with simple mathematical models using high-school level math, are given in boxes accompanying each experiment.

Armchair scientists will welcome this edifying and entertaining alternative to idleness, not least for the buoyant prose, enriched by historical and literary anecdotes introducing each topic. With this book in hand, tinkerers, whether dabblers in science or devotees, students or teachers, need never again wonder how to impress friends, the judges at the science fair, and, not least, themselves.

Synopsis:

"Definitely a significant contribution to the field. There are few books that contain both interesting experiments and their physical explanations--most leave them somewhat mysterious, with no logical solutions. Being among those special few, this book will be of interest to general readers with inquiring minds."--Ronald D. Edge, University of South Carolina

"Downie writes well--with clear, crisp prose, and with a sense of humor I find delightful."--Paul J. Nahin, University of New Hampshire

"The most important aspect of this book is that it allows the reader to come up with non-intuitive practical results. Why make a toy that does something predictable? Why invest time in something that everybody else expects? But if you learn how to do something that will impress your friends, then you will do it."--Florin Diacu, University of Victoria

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-249) and index.

About the Author

Neil A. Downie has worked on a variety of engineering projects for the British Ministry of Defence and private industries in the UK. He is currently a scientist with Air Products and Chemicals at their labs in Blasingstoke near London.

Table of Contents

Contents in Detail vii
Project Ratings xi
Preface xiii
KINETIC CURIOSITIES
1. Hovering Rings 3
2. Dynabrolly 14
3. Gravity Reversal 21
4. Maypole Drill 28
5. Rotarope 33
STRONG STRING THINGS
6. String Nutcracker 45
7. Twisted Sinews 51
STRONG NOTHING
8. Vacuum Muscles 61
9. Vacuum Bazooka 70
SOUNDS PECULIAR
10. String Radio 83
11. Mole Radio 93
12. Bat Doppler 102
TRANSMISSIONS WITH OMISSIONS
13. Toothless Gearwheels 113
14. Flying Pulleys 121
CLOCKS WITHOUT CUCKOOS OR QUARTZ
15. The Crank and the Pendulum 127
16. A Symphony of Siphons 134
17. Bernoulli's Clock 142
CURIOUS CONVEYANCES
18. Dougall or U'brocraft 151
19. Follow That Sunbeam 157
20 Duohelicon 167
21. Fishy Boat 174
22. Rotarudder 182
23. Cable Yacht 190
ANTEDILUVIAN ELECTRONICS
24. Beard Amplifier 199
25. Tornado Transistor 207
ELECTRIC WATER
26. Meltdown Alarm 215
27. Electric Rainbow jelly 222
INFERNAL INVENTIONS
28. Binary Match 229
29. Ultimate Bunsen Burner 234
Useful Materials and Components 241
A Reminder about Units 245
Bibliography 247
Index 251

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691009865
Author:
Wilkinson, Jim
Author:
Wilkinson, Jim
Author:
Downie, N. A.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
Experiments
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Applied Science and Engineering
Subject:
Science -- Experiments.
Subject:
Science Reference-Experiments
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 252
Publication Date:
November 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
78 line illus.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A one-volume romp through a whole array of counter-intuitive science experiments that require little more than common household items and a sense of curiosity. The book describes 29 unusual but practical experiments, detailing how they are done and the math and physics behind them.
"Synopsis" by , How do you crack nuts with a piece of string? Reverse gravity? Cobble together a clock out of a coffee cup, a soda bottle, and some water? Use a vacuum cleaner and nineteenth-century railroad technology to fashion a makeshift bazooka that can launch paper projectiles? Create a rainbow in a block of Jello? This is a one-volume romp through a whole array of counterintuitive science experiments that require little more than common household items and a sense of curiosity. Prepare to have your surprise sensors on overload as Neil Downie stretches math, physics, and chemistry to do what they have never done before.

This book describes twenty-nine unusual but practical experiments, detailing how they are done and the math and physics behind them. It will delight both casual and inveterate tinkerers. Of varying levels of complexity, the experiments are grouped in sections covering a wide field of physics and the borders of chemistry, ranging from dynamic mechanics (Kinetic Curiosities) to electricity (Antediluvian Electronics) and combustion (Infernal Inventions). The chapters are titillatingly titled, from Twisted Sinews and Mole Radio to A Symphony of Siphons and Tornado Transistor. More-detailed explanations, along with simple mathematical models using high-school level math, are given in boxes accompanying each experiment.

Armchair scientists will welcome this edifying and entertaining alternative to idleness, not least for the buoyant prose, enriched by historical and literary anecdotes introducing each topic. With this book in hand, tinkerers, whether dabblers in science or devotees, students or teachers, need never again wonder how to impress friends, the judges at the science fair, and, not least, themselves.

"Synopsis" by ,

"Definitely a significant contribution to the field. There are few books that contain both interesting experiments and their physical explanations--most leave them somewhat mysterious, with no logical solutions. Being among those special few, this book will be of interest to general readers with inquiring minds."--Ronald D. Edge, University of South Carolina

"Downie writes well--with clear, crisp prose, and with a sense of humor I find delightful."--Paul J. Nahin, University of New Hampshire

"The most important aspect of this book is that it allows the reader to come up with non-intuitive practical results. Why make a toy that does something predictable? Why invest time in something that everybody else expects? But if you learn how to do something that will impress your friends, then you will do it."--Florin Diacu, University of Victoria

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