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Physical Science

  • Cooking Eggs with Chemicals Introduce high school biology and chemistry students to the concept of denatured proteins with this inexpensive, fun demonstration. View »
  • Calorimetry: Measuring the Energy in Foods In this investigation, students determine the calories, or heat content, of 3 different foods. View »
  • Paper Clip Chemistry You know you can count on paper clips to hold your important papers together, but did you know you can use paper clips to teach chemistry concepts too? Give students a hands-on, interactive way to explore measurement, matter, and atomic structure with the activities described in this article. View »
  • Infographic: Types Of Gears Learn about the many types of gears and where you may find them in the world around you. View »
  • Sound Off Design a sound amplifier using different shapes and materials with this activity. Students should be familiar with the properties of sound waves and understand the definition of “acoustics.” View »
  • The Science of Popcorn Teach a great lesson on the gas laws and complement it with this fun inquiry activity about the science behind popcorn’s pop. Students pop several brands of popcorn in the lab and determine each brand’s moisture content and the internal pressure required to make the kernels pop. View »
  • Engineering Disasters: Applying Lessons Learned from Failure The infamous crash of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 and the world's largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 are just 2 examples of engineering disasters that have occurred throughout history. Design failures involved in such catastrophes have changed our approach to civil, structural, and mechanical engineering projects. In the wake of grim tragedy, development of safer methods occurs in the hope of preventing history from repeating. View »
  • Freezing Point Depression Activity: Ice Cream Spring brings showers, sunshine, and the prospect of summer break. Celebrate with this cool, fun activity. It requires just a few inexpensive materials and can be the basis of an engaging lesson on colligative properties. View »
  • Basic Lab Equipment Needed for a Physical Science/Physics Lab Use this helpful guide to ensure you outfit your physical science/physics lab with essential equipment and supplies. View »
  • Can Crusher Amaze your students by crushing an aluminum beverage can without striking a single blow. During the demonstration, explain how air pressure crushes the can and discuss the use of terms associated with atmospheric pressure. View »
  • Egg Vacuum Activity Demonstrate to your students the gas laws of physical science with this engaging activity. View »
  • What's the Big Idea? Understanding the Laboratory Experience in the AP* Chemistry Curriculum If you teach AP* Chemistry, you’re already aware, or need to be, that changes to the course curriculum are here, which means you’ll probably have to change your classroom instruction. To help relieve your anxiety, here’s an overview of the course revisions, some important dates to remember, and 2 ways Carolina can help to ensure your success during this transition. View »