Ask & Experiment

Ask & Experiment has experiments for you to try at home, activity books to download, PhysicsQuest resources for your school or after school group, and a way you can get your physics questions answered by real physicists.

PhysicsQuest

HenriPhysicsQuest, a free competition for 6-9th grade students and after school groups, consisting of four science experiments that give students clues to solve a mystery. Classes can submit their answers online and be entered in a random drawing for prizes. PhysicsQuest kits are free to registered classrooms and groups. 

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Balloon Acceleration in a Car

What happens to a helium balloon in an accelerating car?


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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


Negative Mass

In general relativity, gravity is described as a distortion of space time. Most vulgarized books use the simplified image of a 2D plane being bent downwards by a mass, so that any matter traveling in the area would have to follow the bending of the plane, which would then explain why things are attracted to one another.

Keeping the same simplified metaphor, could we imagine something that would bend the plane upwards, thus causing objects to be repelled? Would such a thing be considered to have negative mass? Is the concept theoretically possible?


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Activity Books


spectra10-home    Spectra    Spectra 2

Tesla    Color Me Physics    Color Me Physics


Video Contests

Interested in using your creativity to entertain and teach?  Then check out our video contests.  See past winners and learn how to enter a video of your own.

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