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Title:
Awesome experiments in electricity & magnetism
Author:
Dispezio, Michael A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Provides instructions for over fifty experiments demonstrating the properties of electricity and magnetism.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780806998190
Format :
Book

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These simple, fun experiments in magnetism and electricity will get kids all charged up. Test out a kitchen magnet and watch what it attracts; "light the light" with a fluorescent bulb and a piece of wool; "see" invisible magnetic fields and find the strongest part of the magnet; paste things together with static glue; make your TV screen snap, crackle, and pop; and transmit Morse code--with a station you build yourself! Almost all the materials are easy to find in the house or inexpensive to buy, and each experiment has a section that explains the underlying scientific principles--plus, they're all safe. It's absolutely electrifying! The author lives in North Falmouth, MA. 160 pages, 50 b/w illus., 6 x 9. NEW IN PAPERBACK


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-DiSpezio presents over 70 experiments that explore electrical charges, static electricity, currents, circuits, switches, and magnetism. Each one includes a brief introduction, a list of materials, directions, and a scientific explanation of the results. Thought-provoking questions for further investigation appear in a "Check It Out" section. The experiments are informative and, given the readily available parts and simple assembly, occasionally amazing. The author's entertaining comments make it clear that science can be fun. The black-and-white illustrations will assist students constructing buzzers, "anti-gravity disks," meters, and more. Safety reminders and suggestions for adult supervision are included. Overall, this book is similar in style and scope to Janice VanCleave's Electricity: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects (Wiley, 1994). Budding scientists will enjoy and learn from these experiments.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Safety Firstp. 6
Introductionp. 6
Part 1 Static Electricity
1.1 All Charged Upp. 8
1.2 Positive Contactp. 10
1.3 Main Attractionp. 12
1.4 Static Gluep. 14
1.5 Charge It on Plasticp. 16
1.6 Ghost Legsp. 18
1.7 Charge Itp. 20
1.8 Charge the Combp. 22
1.9 Barrel Rollp. 24
1.10 Crackles and Popsp. 26
1.11 Round the Bendp. 28
1.12 Commanding Performancep. 30
1.13 It's a Wrapp. 32
1.14 Stand Up and Be Countedp. 34
1.15 The Humidity Connectionp. 36
1.16 Doorknob Zaps!p. 38
1.17 Clothing Zapsp. 40
1.18 Designer Rip-Offsp. 42
1.19 Radio Zapsp. 44
1.20 Static Separatorp. 46
1.21 Static Jumpersp. 48
1.22 Static Showerp. 50
1.23 Gravity-Defying Peanutsp. 52
1.24 Get the Point?p. 54
1.25 On the Edgep. 56
1.26 Repelling Peanutsp. 58
1.27 Light the Lightp. 60
1.28 Flying Leavesp. 62
1.29 Egg-Centric Finalep. 64
Part 2 Current Electricity
2.1 Coming to Termsp. 68
2.2 Battery Holderp. 70
2.3 Bulb Holderp. 72
2.4 Switchp. 74
2.5 Drawing a Circuitp. 76
2.6 Conductivity Testerp. 78
2.7 Get the Lead Outp. 80
2.8 Short Circuitp. 82
2.9 A Limited Pathp. 84
2.10 A Path With More Optionsp. 86
2.11 The Basic Buzzerp. 88
2.12 Secret Switchp. 90
2.13 Door Alarmp. 92
2.14 Steady Handsp. 94
2.15 The Magnetic Connectionp. 96
2.16 Upstairs/Downstairs Switchp. 98
2.17 Meet a Meterp. 100
2.18 Fruit Cellp. 102
2.19 Battery of Cellsp. 104
2.20 Generating a Connectionp. 106
2.21 It's a Wrap!p. 108
2.22 Morse Code Transmittersp. 110
Part 3 Magnets and Magnetism
3.1 Field Tripp. 116
3.2 Invisible Sightsp. 118
3.3 Mapping Out Magnetic Fieldsp. 120
3.4 Magnetic Metalsp. 122
3.5 Making a Magnetp. 124
3.6 Unmaking a Magnetp. 126
3.7 Shake It Up, Baby!p. 128
3.8 Polar Journeyp. 130
3.9 Poles Versus Middlep. 132
3.10 Chain Gamep. 134
3.11 North-Seeking Needlesp. 136
3.12 Attractive Shapesp. 138
3.13 Anti-Gravity Disksp. 140
3.14 Lively Drawingp. 142
3.15 Iron-Filled Breakfastp. 144
3.16 Magnetic Musclep. 146
3.17 Magnetic Extensionp. 148
3.18 Flying Saucer with Cupp. 150
3.19 Field Blockersp. 152
3.20 Auto-Motionp. 154
3.21 Separation Anxietyp. 156
Indexp. 158
Answers to Check it Out!p. 159
About the Authorp. 160