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August 13, 2011 10:58 PM Subscribe
New physics teacher filter: What was the highschool physics lab or demo that made you fall in love with physics?
posted by JimmyJames to education (41 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on building my physics curriculum for this year and I have a set of labs that came with the textbook my school ordered. Most of them are OKAY, nothing to write home about.
Everyone I've told I'm teaching physics seems to recall one lab that blew them away and made them really love the subject. One of my friends who has a PHD in physics even said that a cannon lab made him want to peruse physics as a career.
I was considering doing the bed of nails/sledgehammer/concrete block for my momentum and collisions unit as an example what I'm looking for, but any level of scope big or small is helpful.
So my question, which labs do you remember from high school or college as being epic and helped you really learn the material?
Bonus question: What demos should I do for the first day?