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Awesome experiments in force & motion
Dispezio, Michael A.
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New York : Sterling Pub., [1998]

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160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Provides more than fifty experiments illustrating the properties of force and motion including gravity, inertia, and density.
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Includes index.
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QC73.4 .D575 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC73.4 .D575 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The force is with us--as these experiments in force and motion prove! Demonstrate inertia with a Card Shot trick. Use a cardboard rocket ship to find the center of gravity, and your own "great salt lake" to display buoyancy. Crush an empty can with the power of air pressure. Other experiments include a water tower that shows the push and pull of air currents, and balloon cars that create motion madness. Ordinary, easy-to find materials are all you need to get moving on these fun-filled investigations. 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-Over 70 physics experiments are presented in five broad areas, covering inertia, buoyancy, surface tension, air pressure, and propulsion. Each entry includes a brief introduction, a list of materials needed, instructions, and a discussion of the scientific theory behind the results. This last section is what really makes the experiments meaningful. Some of the explanations raise questions concerning alternate approaches to the problem or ask readers what would happen if a step were changed or if a different material or item were used. The activities rely primarily on inexpensive household objects for effective results. While easy to duplicate, they demonstrate the intended principles and encourage critical thinking. The author's style is lighthearted but clear. Each experiment is accompanied by at least one cartoonlike black-and-white line drawing that illustrates a step in the process. Safety warnings remind readers to enlist an adult's help whenever sharp edges, heat, or any other hazard is involved. In quality and level of the projects, this book is similar to Robert Gardner's Experiments with Motion (Enslow, 1995). Either one will be adequate in most collections.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.