The Physics of Toys and Games Science Projects

The Physics of Toys and Games Science Projects

by Robert Gardner


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Can you figure out how cars loop-the-loop and defy gravity? Can you throw a curve with a beach ball? Would you like to be able to determine the thickness of a soap bubble? The science experiments in this book will help you learn about gravity, friction, electrical charges, and more. The ideas introduced in this book, along with details of the scientific method, will help you to perform challenging, educational, and fun science fair projects! The Physics of Toys and Games Science Projects

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464402197
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

The Scientific Method 8

Chapter 1 Toys You Can Make 17

1.1 Make a Comeback Toy 18

1.2 Make a Balancing Toy 21

1.3 Make a Frictionless Toy Air Car 26

1.4 Forces on Your Frictionless Toy Air Car 29

1.5 Electric and Magnetic Forces on Your Frictionless Toy Air Car 31

1.6 Make a Toy Electric Motor 34

1.7 Make a Toy Telephone 37

1.8 Make a Toy Spinning Top 39

Chapter 2 Science with Toy Cars and Trucks 41

2.1 Toy Cars on Hills 42

2.2 Marbles and Balls on Hills 45

2.3 The Effect of Gravity on Hills 47

2.4 Cars that Loop-the-Loop and Defy Gravity 50

2.5 Cars, Hills, Brakes, and Gravity 53

2.6 Magnetic Cars that Go Bump but Don't Touch 55

2.7 Cars with "Springs" that Bump 58

2.8 Ride Safely on a Toy Car 62

Chapter 3 Balloons, Balls, Bounces, and Spins 64

3.1 Electrical Balloons: Getting Charged Up 65

3.2 Balloons, a Ping-Pong Ball, and Bernoulli 67

3.3 Balloons: Hot and Cold 69

3.4 A Balloon in a Bottle 70

3.5 Superball and Other Bouncers 72

3.6 Throwing Curves with a Beach Ball 75

Chapter 4 Bring in the Artillery and Rockets 78

4.1 The Speed and Range of Water Projectiles 79

4.2 Water "Bombs" Away! 85

4.3 Ascending Rockets: To What Height? 87

4.4 A Marble in Orbit 95

Chapter 5 Science with a Variety of Toys 98

5.1 Circling Wagons on the Move 99

5.2 Pulling Wagons 104

5.3 How Fast Does a Wind-Up Walking Toy Walk? 107

5.4 How Does a Push-N-Go® Toy Work? 109

5.5 Why Does a Dipping Bird "Drink"? 111

5.6 Walking on Snow 113

5.7 Clay, Boats, and Aluminum Beverage Cans 116

5.8 How Thick Is a Soap Bubble? 119

5.9 Bubbles that Float 123

Further Reading 124

Index 126

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