How to design Physics Demonstrations?

A physics demonstration should be designed with an intention to adopt it to a classroom. To “design” a physics demonstration does not necessarily mean to create an original experiment. It is to fabricate and rearrange an experiment, whether it’s original or not, by consulting references. We present our 3 pillars of “designing physics demonstrations” below. 

  1. Design a physics demonstration that reflects its purpose. (Note: Items inside the parentheses correspond to the classifications A to E above.) It should;
    • yield surprising results (A, D, E)
    • be related to daily and/or current-topical happenings and phenomena (A, C, E)
    • be attractive and/or impressive (A, C, E)
    • not be over-entertaining (D, E)
    • yield unpredictable results (B, D)
    • be systemized so that students can understand the hidden physical concepts in steps (B, E)
  2. Design a physics demonstration that students can easily perform or observe. 
    • It should be visible by every student from any position in a classroom.
    • The instruments and their structures used are simple and visible.
    • It should involve only one concept in physics or one simple relationship among multiple physical concepts.
    • It is visually or audibly clear, and can only be interpreted in one way.
    • It is shown without deception in a straightforward manner.
    • It has a very high probability of success in a classroom. 
  3. Design a physics demonstration for easy implementation.
    • It should use familiar, everyday objects and inexpensive components.
    • It should have a portable size and weight.
    • It should be easy to assemble and disassemble, or have a compact design.
    • It will not break while being transported or demonstrated.
    • The time required for the demonstration should be limited to within 15 minutes.
    • It should be repeatable immediately.
    • The equipment is easily stored.
    • It is designed to be highly safe.
    • It should yield consistent experimental results regardless of a classroom environment and a demonstrator’s skills.
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