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62 practical activities for 14 – 18 year olds to support GCSE, AS and A Level courses.

This eBook, supplied on CD-ROM, contains:

  • The full eBook (PDF) of all the experiment worksheets and teachers notes.
  • Every worksheet and teacher note as a separate PDF
  • Setup files to match these experiments are included in the Free EasySense software.

Topics include:

  • Radiant energy
  • Convection, conduction and radiation
  • Heat and temperature
  • Equivalence of energy
  • U values and insulation
  • Electrical characteristics
  • Current and voltage in a circuit
  • Ohm's law
  • Electromagnetism.
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • LCR circuits

The activities include:  

  • The coffee problem
  • Cooling by evaporation
  • How does sweating keep you cool?
  • Cooling substances
  • Heat transfer
  • Radiate energy (Leslie’s cube)
  • Relationship between temperature and radiated energy
  • What type of surface absorbs radiant energy?
  • Why insulate houses? A hotter house for less greenhouse gas
  • Conduction and convection in gases
  • Conduction and convection in liquids
  • Conduction and convection in solids
  • Which is the best conductor of heat?
  • Which material is the best absorber of heat?
  • Residual heat: Thermal imaging
  • Residual heat: Finding where a natural disaster survivor is buried
  • Hot stuff!
  • Equivalence of heat energy liberated to electrical energy dissipated
  • Stefan – Boltzmann law using a tungsten filament lamp
  • Calibration of a thermometer
  • Specific heat capacity for a liquid
  • Specific heat capacity of a solid
  • Using U values, how heat is lost
  • Angle of the sun and collected energy
  • What changes the current in a circuit?
  • Good and bad connectors
  • Connecting resistors together
  • What happens to the brightness of a bulb when the voltage is changed?
  • Can you use the bulb brightness to measure current?
  • Current and voltage a) against time) b) as an x –y graph
  • Electric current in circuits – series circuits – current has no choice
  • Electric current in circuits – Parallel circuits – current has a choice
  • Electric current in circuits – current and voltage in a simple series circuit
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Electrical characteristics resistor, lamp diode and LED
  • Time constant for a capacitor – resistor circuit
  • Time constant for a capacitor – resistor circuit
  • Charge stored on a capacitor
  • Energy stored in a capacitor
  • Startup current of a light bulb
  • Long wires, less power?
  • Induction of a current in a conductor
  • Induction of a voltage in a coil
  • Induction of a voltage in a coil extension + current
  • Induction of a voltage in a coil extension + current and magnetic field
  • What happens when a magnet spins in a coil?
  • Efficiency of an electric motor / generator
  • Electricity from water power
  • Change in the magnetic field strength between magnets
  • Measuring the strength of an electromagnet
  • Strength of an electromagnet, measuring volts and current
  • What happens if an alternating current is used to make an electromagnet?
  • How does the magnetic field strength due to a coil vary as the current varies?
  • The force acting on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field
  • The variation of the magnetic field strength along the axis of a coil
  • Mapping the magnetic field of a bar magnet
  • Efficiency of a transformer
  • The D.C. characteristics of a diode
  • Diodes: A.C. rectification
  • Diodes: A.C. rectification bridge
  • The input characteristic of a transistor
  • Transistor as a switch and a current amplifier
  • Reactance and phase in a capacitor
  • C –R circuit. The impedance and phase difference changes as the frequency increases
  • L – R circuit. How does the impedance change as the frequency increases?
  • Resonance in a series LCR circuit

Sensors used are:

  • Temperature (3100)
  • Infrared (3278)
  • Heat Flow (3150)
  • Voltage (3160 or 3160-12 and 3162)
  • Current (3165, 3166, 3167)
  • Magnetic Field (3170)
  • Light Level (3124)

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