Thursday, September 19, 2013

Top Five Items to Add to Your Lab

Often on this blog, I will be including Quick Tips for Teachers. 

Today’s entry is about the Top 5 Items to Add to Your Lab.

These are tools that, if you don’t have them already, you should obtain right away, and learn how to use them.

1.    Polarizers

2.  Plasma Ball—Check out my video about top ten demos with a plasma ball if you haven’t already.

3.  Cathode Ray Tube

4.  Oscilloscope—ask the physics techs at your local university if they have any old oscilloscopes they’d like to donate to your school.

5.  Electronic Keyboard

The last one may sound unexpected, but I often use an electronic keyboard as a tone generator. This tool is very useful for teaching about sound waves, among other things.

I hope these top five items enhance your teaching in the physics lab and lead to many enriching labs and demos.

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