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Physical Science

  • Molarity, Molality, or Normality? (A Quick Review) Looking for a way to reinforce your students’ understanding of these concepts? Try this quick review. As a supplement to your lecture, it can help them achieve molarity, molality, and normality clarity. View »
  • Make the Invisible Visible: Detecting IR Light with a Smart Phone When it comes to light, there’s more than meets the eye. But with a smartphone camera and a remote control, you can make the invisible visible and show your students infrared light. View »
  • Newton's Law of Cooling Confirm Newton's law of cooling by collecting and analyzing data on samples of water undergoing a temperature change. View »
  • Borax Snowflakes This lab activity will guarantee a snow day! Teach solutions and crystallization while making snowflake decorations for your classroom. View »
  • Derivation of the Kinematics Equation A solid understanding of kinematics equations and how to employ them to solve problems is essential for success in physics. Take a quick look the algebraic derivations behind these equations. View »
  • Buoyancy, Hardness, and Magnetism How do the properties of materials make them suitable for some uses and not others? Students investigate that question with this activity adapted from an investigation in the Building Blocks of Science® unit Structure and Properties of Matter. Students get to observe, classify, and categorize different materials. View »
  • Fractional Distillation of a Carbonated Soft Drink How is crude oil refined into many valuable products? Students can find out with this lab activity. Substituting a soft drink for crude oil, they use fractional distillation to separate the soft drink into its components, or fractions. View »
  • Carolina Investigations® for AP® Chemistry: Chemical Kinetics The order of a chemical reaction shows the relationship between the rate of chemical reaction and the concentration of reactant. View »
  • Boosting Cell Phone Speakers Inspire your students with a design challenge that encourages them to think outside the box. In this hands-on activity, student teams compete to produce the best sound booster for a smartphone or MP3 player using everyday items. Includes background information and complete instructions for teacher and students. View »
  • The Chemistry of Beer As summer break quickly approaches, it is that time of year when many science teachers take their love of chemistry and microbiology out of the classroom and move it to the garage for a home beer brewing adventure. View »
  • Ring and Disc Demonstration Gain a deeper understanding of the classic ring and disc physics demonstration designed to introduce the concepts of rotational inertia, rotational motion, and rolling motion. View »
  • Energy Transformations in a Dark Detector This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to design, build, and test a dark detector circuit. A dark detector is a simple circuit that can be used to explain the function of a light-dependent resistor and a transistor, two common electrical components. View »