Physics Demonstration Films

This series of videos have been produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and the Institute of Physics. They are mostly aimed at teachers and illustrate how to perform simple demonstrations and use particular pieces of equipment. Some topics have versions of the video that could be used with students in the classroom. The topics covered in the videos are:

* Creating a bin-bag capacitor
* Illustrating the movement of particles in Brownian motion
* Demonstrating diffraction using laser light
* Creating a simple electric motor
* Static electricity and charge with an 'electric sausage'
* Demonstrating the process of electromagnetic induction
* Using an electron diffraction tube
* Compressing a gas in a fire piston
* Gravity and the motion of projectiles with the Monkey and Hunter demonstration
* Using an oscilloscope
* Transmission of electricity along power lines
* Using a signal generator to illustrate waves and sound
* Demonstrating thermal conductivity
* Using a Van de Graaff generator
* A simple wave machine

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Signal Generator

Produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and the Institute of Physics, this video demonstrates the use of a signal generator to illustrate waves and sound.

The video shows how features such as frequency, amplitude and wave form can be demonstrated using a loudspeaker and an oscilloscope.

Power Lines

Produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and the Institute of Physics, this video is aimed at teachers. Alom Shaha shows a demonstration that can be used to illustrate power transmission and why high voltages are used to minimise power loss.

Electric Motor

Produced by the National STEM Centre and the Institute of Physics, this video shows a simple method for making an electric motor using a battery, strong magnets and a copper coil. It allows students to investigate Fleming's left hand rule and the forces generated in an electric motor.

Electric Sausage

In this video, produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network and the Institute of Physics, Michael de Podesta has a unique twist to demonstrate static electricity and charge. Small pieces of paper are attracted to a statically-charged balloon. Amazingly, so is a sausage. This short video illustrates...

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