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Questions tagged [home-experiment]

questions concerning measurements, experiments, and activities that demonstrate physics and are safe to do at home, require at most one tool or ingredient not readily available, and can be interpreted or analyzed on one sheet of paper with accessible math.

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At what wind speed will a ceiling fan 10 feet above my desk move a sheet of paper? [on hold]

We sell fans. An engineer asked this question. He wants to buy a fan large enough to cool without being so large it blows paperwork off his desk. Q: At what wind speed will a ceiling fan 10 feet ...
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Near-room temperature DIY cloud chamber?

Conventional design of DIY cloud chamber uses IPA and cooling down to -26..-33°C (sometimes even lower, down to dry ice temperature). What could be changed in design approach to shift operating ...
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Bubble optics, impact

My 8 years old daughter was blowing soap bubbles. Most of the bubbles had color. She randomly choses a bubble with colors and lands it on the wand. Instantly it's color is gone. If she blows this ...
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How to change the diameter of a water stream?

So I am conducting experiments investigating the change of sound as a bucket fills up with water. One of the parameters which changes the sound heard is the diameter of the stream of water filling up ...
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Electrostatics- Attraction between a negatively charged balloon and a plastic bottle

Let's say there is a negatively charged balloon. There is also a neutrally charged plastic bottle. You know that since the plastic bottle is an insulator, polarization occurs. Is it true that since ...
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vibration and movement of electric appliance

So, what I am thinking about here is a cooking mixer placed into a bowl which is turned on and left moving on its own. The bowl is such that it does not topple nor the mixer falls out of it. Once the ...
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How to make a object stay under water?

How to make an object submerged under water? Neutrally buoyant? Thank you
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Any alternatives to the Stern-Gerlach experiment I could do at home (or school)?

I am running a bridging class for alevel students who want to go into physics at university and I think it would be really nice to show the Stern-Gerlach experiment, showing both the quantisation of ...
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Interesting astro/particle/quantum/experimental physics investigations for gifted pre-calculus students? [closed]

TL;DR What are interesting applications that I could work through with pre-calculus level students? I'd like to go from pop science explanations to an actual building of physical intuition and ...
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Does soap repel water?

Yesterday when I was taking my bath, I scratched my soap bar a bit and threw that bit on the shower floor. There was a little amount of water on the floor where that soap bit fell. To my surprise, I ...
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Can this be considered the Newton's rings?

It can be made by pointing a laser pointer directly to a mirror at low angle and observing the reflection behind the laser pointer. No convex or concave lens needed unlike the Newton's ring experiment ...
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How to calculate total power generated?

I have a circuit with a piezoelectric transducer which converts mechanical energy to electrical. The ceramic is connected to a 1 Megaohm resistor and a voltmeter which reads voltage. If I want to ...
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Why do popcorns sizzle after popping?

Why do popcorns make a sizzling sound after popping? At first I thought it might be due to moisture, but according to this, that is not the case, as the water present in the corn has already ...
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What are the dynamics of a rope wrapping around a pole of given radius?

Suppose we drop a mass m from an initial angle $\theta_o$ connected to the pole of radius r with a rope of initial length $l_o$. As the system is released, the rope wraps around the pole, decreasing ...
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Upside down water cup trick [closed]

I've been thinking about how this upside down water trick, you fill the cup with water to the brim and place a card on top then flip the water and card do not move. how is this used in everyday life? ...
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Why do I get electrostatic shock due to wool, but not due to cotton?

I have experienced electrostatic shock quite a lot of times because of a woollen fiber, and as far as I can remember, never due to a cotton fiber. Any explanation as to why this happens? Edit: I ...
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Friction Behavior at corners

The question: Find the range of value of $L/D$ such that the system remains in static equilibrium. And explain why such a range exists and not just a single value. This is the question where I ...
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Fusion confusion: what did 12 year old Jackson Oswalt do?

This kid has been showing up in news feeds, but only credulous pop media articles, not hard science reporting. What did he build, and what physics does his device do?
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Why are there less bubbles the second time I pour soda in the cup?

I poured some Pepsi into a mug, and it foamed, and I poured until the foam was at the top of the glass. I waited a few seconds for the bubbles to go, and the liquid level was revealed to be at around ...
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Why is blowing so different than sucking? [duplicate]

Why is it so easy to blow out a candle from a significant distance, but nearly impossible to suck enough air to do the same? Even without focusing the airflow through a nozzle or something, this ...
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Why does spinning a cylinder result in a spherical image?

I was spinning a cylindrical bottle of superglue, and a sphere formed in the middle until the bottle stopped again. Why is this?
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I have a pair of magnets that when I let go they attracted and broke

I let two magnets attract from a distance and when they hit they both broke a piece off of each-other. Why did the magnets damage each-other when they collided and is it possible to put the broken ...
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Car headlight voltage

If I put a higher voltage bulb in my car headlight, what will happen? I haven't tried it yet, but I'm wondering if it would matter. The bulb has the same wattage but a different voltage.
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Why does sound behave differently in water than in air?

I noticed in some experiments at home that sound does not behave the same in water than in air. Is there a good scientific explanation to this? I noticed that the sound sounded distorted in water but ...
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What is the purpose of the slit in a spectroscope?

I built a spectroscope using a CD as diffraction grating. I understood how the grating works, but I didn't get why the slit is essential. Shouldn't it work even without the slit?
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What's the best way to plot different data sets that start at different values?

I have data for the surface temperature of two different aluminum blocks, one thicker than the other. I want to show the temperature change of the two data sets (with respect to time), but the problem ...
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Measuring Impact Force

My daughter is doing a project for school measuring the difference in impact force in softball with a mask vs without a mask. The systems I've looking into purchasing cost $1000. Please advise on how ...
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Are there physical properties that can be used to differentiate stainless steel from copper in a home environment? [closed]

So the backstory is that I purchased a reusable drinking straw that is copper coloured, but is advertised to be stainless steel. That got me thinking about whether I could be sure it was one or the ...
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Why do two like poles stick together when one magnet is stronger than the other?

I have two magnets, a weak one and a very strong one. The weak one is a cheap toy magnet, and the strong one is a ceramic magnet. Normally, I would expect that if I orient the magnets so that the two ...
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$V = 4 volts$ but $I = 0$

Recently in my school, I tried to generate electricity from plants in a flower pot with copper and Zinc electrodes. The Potential difference in the voltmeter read 2 to 3 volts but when I connected the ...
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Did diffraction bend this light more than 90 degrees?

Earlier I asked whether diffraction could bend light more than 90 degrees. earlier question Lambda gave me an answer. He stuck a razor blade into a piece of wood, and he shone a green laser at it, ...
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Simple experiment proving air pressure is stronger than water pressure at sea level [closed]

I conducted a simple experiment I: pour a little of water into a cup, put a card on top & turn all upside down. The card does not fall $\Rightarrow$ $$P_i + P_w < P_o\tag{1}$$ $P_i$ : air ...
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Time taken by a Magnifying Glass to heat Metal [closed]

I would like to know how long would it take for a small or medium sized mag. glass to heat a black painted metal particularly aluminum since I can't do the maths.
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Common microwave absorbing substances

I'm looking to demonstrate to class of students how microwave absorption works, but I need something relatively common which I can easily make into a board. Does anyone have any suggestions for ...
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Diffraction using a phone

I used my phone to create a diffraction pattern and measure the number of pixels along the horizontal. I used the formula in the picture and calculated everything using readings ive added in the ...
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Is it possible to suggest a physical experiment in which measurement errors are dramatically increasing? (due to the accumulation of errors)

Is it possible to suggest a physical experiment in which measurement errors are dramatically increasing? (due to the accumulation of errors) Maybe some magnetic field can be used here? Or any other ...
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How do I experimentally measure the resistance from using dielectric grease on battery posts?

The internet gives lots of contradicting advise about greasing or not greasing car battery posts to prevent corrosion. So rather than rely on the internet, I want to perform an experiment so that I ...
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Can Fresnel zone plates be used as collimators

I quite often use the principle in physics that (outside of thermodynamics), all laws of physics are time-reversible. And so, when looking at collimating microwave light, I though that it might be ...
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Experiments using cheap, low-power radio

In lecture, I've been using an expensive (\$2000) 10 GHz microwave demo setup consisting of a transmitter and a receiver. It can be used to demonstrate things like the transverse polarization of ...
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At Home Experiment Shows Permanent Magnetic Field Does Not Refract

For an at home experiment I positioned a magnetic field so it would cross a boundary from air into water. I wanted to see if it would experience refraction similar to the refraction seen in ...
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Why the rubber ball bounced higher than the glass ball

For a teaching degree we did the following experiment: Drop a rubber and a glass ball of approx. same size from approx. same height onto laminate flooring. As we expected, the rubber ball bounced ...
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Dynamic friction

In my house, we are debating whether when you scrub the floor it is easier or more difficult to drag a piece of furniture. My floor is made of marble, who's right?
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How to maximize the efficiency of a portable air conditioner? [closed]

I have a small window AC unit that I occasionally use to rapidly cool my apartment. As I was placing it in my window today I was thinking of how I could maximize it's efficiency so that it either ...
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What’s wrong with my cloud chamber setup?

For my setup, I am using a fish tank, lined with black felt and with one side open for viewing and a slit on a side for the light. I have a pretty bright multi led flashlight. I am using dry ice ...
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If we have density and mass why should we have gravity?

In a cup filled with different solutions with different densities if we put objects of different masses they will sink to different layers ... and this can be explained by mass and density so what is ...
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Sequential Stern-Gerlach experiment on a budget

The sequential Stern-Gerlach experiment is important for historical and theoretical reasons; it demonstrates in a conceptually simple manner the consequence of having non-commuting observables with ...
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Why do we blow on the “hurricane balls” only after they begin spinning?

In the hurricane balls phenomenon, we have 2 balls welded together and by spinning them first by hand on the smooth tabletop, we are then able to accelerate it by blowing a through a nozzle at the ...
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Can I trap mosquitos with Coulomb's force? [closed]

Can I fill a metallic conductor with a very large positive charge, attach it with a insulator to a wall, put it near a window under the sun (visible light and UV in order to cause it to expell ...
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Surface fluctuations in the combustion of ethanol in a woosh bottle

A whoosh bottle demonstration typically involves igniting ethanol vapor in a large bottle with a narrow opening. The rapidly expanding gas creates the whooshing noise as it vacates the container. This ...
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Detecting Earth’s Changing Speed Will My Idea Work?

Is there a way to detect the earth’s changing speed as it orbits the sun? I’m thinking of an at home experiment. It would be a plumb bob suspended in a tube about ten feet in length. There would be a ...