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How to make a double slit electron interference as a home experiment? [on hold]

I want to see electron interference making my own experimental equipments. Do you think it is possible? Especially, double slit, how can I have it?
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Why do these experiments contradict the accepted theory about puddles? (+ my work)

A few months ago, I tried to tackle the problem of finding the shape, the height and other properties of a puddle (whenever a few mL of some liquid are dropped in a "uniform way" so that the puddle ...
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How feasible is it to power your home with a bicycle? [on hold]

This article claims "60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours!" How feasible is this claim? Sounds great - but the skeptic in me says "yeah, right." Hope this is an acceptable ...
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A Proposed Improvement to the Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment

I am sure most of you are aware of the Diet Coke and Mentos craze - put a few mentos in a bottle of diet coke and whoosh! Equally, I am sure most of you are aware that this occurs because the gas is ...
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Does the termination point(level) influence water flow from a pipe

I get water to my home from a nearby Tank A at a certain height above ground level. I have a 1" pipe through which I get this water to my home.. I leave this water into my well by connecting a 1" tube ...
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Why don't get I shocked in an electric shower if the resistance makes contact with water?

I've found this image that perfectly illustrates my shower. I've read somewhere that the resistance is insulated so even if it touches the water, it doesn't conduct. However, as you can see, the ...
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Why is the vibration in my wire acting so oddly?

I was soldering a very thin wire today, and when I had one end firmly soldered, I accidentally bumped the wire diagonally with my tweezers. What I'd expect to happen is that the wire oscillates for a ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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does a rocking kettle cause the water to boil more slowly?

When I boil water in the kettle on my electric stove, sometimes it rocks back and forth making an annoying sound at a frequency of about 6Hz. When that happens, I move the kettle slightly to make it ...
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Why does a coin falls faster when it's flipping as well?

From my experiments with measuring how fast a coin falls, I have consistently measured a faster falling rate for a coin that flips as it falls. As an example, a coin dropping on its edge from height ...
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What's the problem with my Young slits experiment?

My Young's slits experiment doesn’t work. I mean I tried to see wave effect of light but I didn’t see any thing expect particles! I’ve sent you a pic of my laser and a short video of the experiment. ...
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How does sawdust selectively absorb water?

This Wikipedia page states that sawdust, cellulose etc. can be used to absorb water from azeotropic ethanol to produce anhydrous ethanol. How does this work? Why would the sawdust not simply absorb ...
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Creating a stream of single file atoms

How do you go about creating a stream of single file atoms? The aim is to fire a stream of single file atoms (hydrogen, helium) down a vacuum and detect there arrival on the opposite end. Any tips or ...
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Current thru two series resistors, 1 small, 1 large

I have a circuit that has series resistors for a switching regulator. Voltage is 6V. There's a "current sense resistor" of .05 ohms followed by another resistor of say 1K. There's 1A flowing. The ...
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A cheap experiment to verify that a monitors intensity response is not linear

For the past year or so i have had to answer different questions on how the intensity response of a monitor behaves, nearly every week. Many of you probably know that the monitor intensity response to ...
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Why does the Microwave disturb the Internet Signal?

I have no back round in physics but was wondering how come every time the microwave is turned on, the internet slows down dramatically?
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Heat exchanging Questions

I hope I am able to ask this in the way I am thinking about it. Is there a point, or at what point does water become ineffective for heat exchange. The reason I am asking, (My real world ...
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Why isn't ice a good electrical conductor?

Water can conduct electricity, and some solids can conduct. Why can't ice? Are ice molecules too packed together to let valence shell electrons bounce across each other to create electrical charge? ...
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Motion in insulating fluid under high voltage

I observed the following phenomenon in an experiment (I'm not a student of physics, just an amateur) and was hoping for an explanation. A metal pan is electrically grounded and a layer of ...
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Is putting a charged balloon up to a neutral wall polarization AND temporary induction, or just polarization?

Is putting a balloon that is charged up against a wall and having it stick polarization AND charging by temporary induction, or just polarization?
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Making a bright beam of artificial white light

For educational purposes, is there a way to make a narrow bright beam of white light without much equipment and without using the sun as the source? The collimated beam should be about 2 mm wide for ...
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Does a flame put off a windlike force

When I hold a flame above a flame the one on top flickers and waves as if its about to go out. What is the cause of this?
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What causes this pattern of sunlight reflected off a table leg?

My friend noticed an interference-like pattern around the table leg. However, we do know that interference patterns of sunlight produces rainbow colours. What seems to be happening here?
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Why does cold water weigh more than hot water in a fixed volume?

Take a bucket of hot water and the other bucket of cold water. Why does the bucket full of cold water weigh more than bucket full of hot water?
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Can vernier scale ratio be less than 1?

I came across a question (See Image) that states about two vernier scales The first vernier scale is the top-most figure in the image: It has 10 vernier scale division equal to 9 main scale division ...
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How to measure the mass and balance point of a human forearm?

I've been trying to find this out for about a month now. I'm usually met with humorous but not really helpful comments about chopping my own arm off. I'm preferably looking to do this on a budget ...
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Practical method to weigh human limbs with common household items?

What methods could be used to determine (or estimate within a reasonable margin of error) the mass of a living human's limbs, short of cutting them off? And more interestingly, how can this be done ...
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Lamina Pendulum Experiment help

I've been tasked with researching ways to find the gravitational acceleration g and its uncertainty together with the moment of inertia and and the moment of inertia's uncertainty. I have figured out ...
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Milk or sugar first to maximize temperature of a hot cup of tea?

If there is a hot cup of tea and we were asked to add milk and sugar, which mixing order would make the hottest tea? I personally think that the order doesn't matter, since sugar wouldn't change the ...
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An experiment to show sound waves

My 6 year-old son asked me to explain the sound barrier. I think I'm ready to explain, but I wanted to know if I could add a little homemade experiment to show visually how soundwaves are generated. ...
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Why is this ice cloudy at the center and has a transparent layer?

This fell at my place during a hailstorm. I can not figure it out why it is like this.
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What happens when I place an ice cube into boiling water

My friend tried this experiment at home: She put an ice cube into boiling water. The water in the container stops boiling while the ice melts to water. My question: Why does the water stop boiling ...
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Why does the bathroom become hot after a bath?

I have noticed many times that whenever I enter into the bathroom just after someone else bathed the temperature inside it would be high. Is it that the body heat comes out when we pour a lot of ...
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Sound pitch of glass with water

I have a glass (made from glass) at room temperature. I poured very hot tea in it and started stirring. No extra tea is poured in the glass. When hitting the glass with the spoon, I noticed the ...
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Why does this circuit work and the other doesn't? [closed]

if we connect the set up like this the bulb glows but if we connect the [right wire] to the [earth of the left] then the bulb [doesn't glow]. Why does that happen?
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How does paper make sound when it is torn?

We know that from our experience when we tear up a piece of paper, we can hear a characteristic sound. What is the underlying mechanism behind it? What do the dominant frequencies (edit: I don't mean ...
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Is coherent light required for interference in Young's double slit experiment?

In this Veritasium video, a home experiment is presented which appears to produce a very good double-slit interference pattern with normal sunlight. The experiment is an empty cardboard box with a ...
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Direct comparison of energy measurements for kids

I am planning a few physics & science sessions in the woods with 14 year-olds. The theme for one of the sessions is Energy, and my aim is to show them how gravity, solar radiation, wind (air ...
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Printing zone plate with laser printer

I tried to print my own zone plates on transparent plastic with laser printer with this generator. I prepared a lot of plates with different settings - focus from 4 to 60 cm, 3 wave lengths, etc. Yet ...
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Home experiments to measure the RPM of a pedestal fan without special equipment?

Is it possible to determine to an approximate degree, the revolutions per minute of a fan, for example a pedesal fan pictured below, without using some electronic/mechanical measuring device? One ...
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Ideas for extending Muon-Life-Time experiment?

Background: I'm teaching a lab experiment for measuring the Muon lifetime. The experiment is a big tube of scintillator attached to a PMT. The muon entering the scintillator generates a reading in the ...
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Which will dry faster? [closed]

Assume that you have a wet shirt that you have just washed. You squeeze of the surplus water that can be squeezed out. Method 1: 1)You iron the shirt for 5 minutes and then hang it out to dry out in ...
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Would a hybrid mixed medium balloon allow you to use less helium to lift equivalent weight?

Suppose you had two balloons, one inside the other (a inside b). Would filling balloon "a" with the 80% nitrogen/20% oxygen mix you find in the surrounding air at ground level, and then filling ...
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How to predict a flight distance? [closed]

I conducted an experiment by varying the stretch length of a rubber band (angle is always constant) which resulted in different flight distance. My teacher told me to find an equation/law to explain ...
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How to insulate static electricity

This is a follow up question to Extending the reach of a crocodile clip for Kelvin Water Dropper experiment. We have resolved the issue, but now we have the following cable (in the image) that ...
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Is a DIY neutrino detector feasible?

How long does a neutrino detector filled with distilled water need to be to pick up neutrinos from one direction at about the level of a distant star within our galaxy? Would an off the shelf ...
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portable battery packs for decorative lights

I a set of home decorative lights that is powered by a portable 2 x D cell batteries. Can I replace the current pack with a new pack that takes AA batteries
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Is the video “How to Reveal Subatomic Particles at Home”'s explanation of its experiment misleading?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN_DMMQEhfQ The video asserts that along the path of an electron or muon, a trail of condensation will appear. But from what I understand, if an electron or muon (both ...
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Coefficient of friction and practical experience of sliding

The classical model of friction has a coefficient of friction depend only on the materials, but not area, and the force proportional to the normal force and coefficient of friction. So a given object ...
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Why we cannot hear ourselves or speak in water

I've tried several times to shout when I'm inside the pool but have failed to make any sound. Nor am I able to hear anyone talking outside. Why does this happen? The frequency does not change and ...