Stirling Motor (incomplete)

Purpose: Illustrate how the working principle of Stirling Motor Parts: Sterling Engine setup Match box Setup: Remove the cap of the little lamp and light it using a match. Let it stay for some time. wheel will start to spin due to hot air. Continue reading »

Cloud chamber thermo electric

Purpose: Visualize Alpha particles. Parts: Alpha particle chamber(thermo electric) – on the back table in the teaching lab room TPL 215. Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol – in the cupboard with the radioactive hazards sign in the teaching lab room TPL 215. Setup: There are two versions of the same setups setting… Continue reading »


Purpose: Illustrate how the resistivity of a wire changes with length and gauge. Parts: Wire set up Demo multi meter Power supply unit Cables Setup: The wire setup contains two wires with same length but different wire gauges.  Connect the power supply through different lengths of each… Continue reading »

Current and Resistance

Purpose:Visualize electric current. Parts: Wooden tray with nails in it Metal hanger to hold the tray Steel balls Setup: Attach one end of the tray to the hanger and place it as shown in picture 3, so that the tray will have some incline with table. Now release… Continue reading »

Center of Mass

Purpose: Explain center of Mass. Parts: Stand with a pendulum wooden block, with the shape of MA Setup: Just hang the wood plate from different holes and find the center of mass. As can be seen from first two pics the pendulum string goes through Worcester. Continue reading »

Unscrew the bulb(incomplete)

Purpose: Images from curved Mirrors Parts: Large curved mirror Bulb holder setup covered with black fabric Setup: Concave mirror( placed in the back of the black box) projects the image of a light bulb in to an empty light socket. Continue reading »


Purpose:Illustrate phase difference between  current in the solenoid and the induced voltage. Parts: Coil set up w Iron bar Function Generator 10 ohms resistor Demo Oscilloscope Cable Setup: Channel 1 shows the current through the primary coil(voltage across the 10 ohms resistor) and channel… Continue reading »

Magnetic Field Lines-2

Purpose: Illustrate magnetic field lines. Parts: Magnetic stick attached to a glass sheet placed on a glass tray. Iron filings. Setup: Drop some iron fillings on the glass sheet and give a little knock on to the sheet. Iron fillings will nicely arrange along the… Continue reading »

Metal Detector

Purpose: Real time application of Eddy currents/ Induction. Parts: Metal Detector with its instruction manual. Metal detector is in the demonstration prep room ( TPL 202). Setup:… Continue reading »

Eddy currents and Magnetic Damping

Purpose:Describes the magnitude and the direction of the drag, called magnetic damping produced from Eddy currents. Parts: Magnetic damping setup (Including Al saw , Al and Cu rings) Setup: Plug the setup to the wall outlet and set the voltage to its maximum. Then increase the current all the… Continue reading »

Cloud Chamber

Purpose:Demonstrates Alpha particles. Parts: Cloud chamber Dry Ice Power supply unit with leads Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol Setup: Take the chamber out from the base, lay some dry ice chunks on the base and place the chamber on it. Pour some liquid alcohol in to the chamber. Connect the… Continue reading »

Longitudinal Wave Demonstration

Purpose: Illustrate propagation of longitudinal waves. Parts: Longitudinal wave Demonstrator. Setup: Move the thin wire in one side of the setup(see last photo) to make a disturbance and watch the wave propagating through the spring via compression and rarefaction. Continue reading »


Purpose: Demonstrate the functioning of step up and step down transformers. Parts: Power supply Demo multi-meter for primary coil Demo multi-meter for secondary coil Coils with metal core Cables Setup: Connect the Variac power supply to the wall outlet and primary coil to the power… Continue reading »

Transverse Wave Demonstration

Purpose: Demonstrate transverse waves. Parts:Transverse wave Demonstrator Kit. Kit contains 3 parts A section with long rods A section with short rods A connection piece which has rods of different lengths varying from long to short Setup: Each part consist of set of rods connected to a torsional… Continue reading »

Motor/Generator Demonstration

Purpose: Illustrate the operation of generators and motors using electromagnetism. Parts: Magnetic Generator setup Power supply Unit Galvanometer Setup: Connect the set up to the power supply as shown in the pictures to see how it works as a motor. When the power is… Continue reading »

Ring Launchers

Purpose: This is a demonstration of electromagnetic induction. Parts : Small ring launcher with two rings and bulb setup Big launcher with rings (one plastic, two metal: one ring and one split ring) and plastic tube Setup : The small ring launcher accessories set includes a small coil… Continue reading »

Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule-2

Purpose:  This demonstration illustrates Fleming’s Left Hand Rule. Parts: Power supply Unit Cables Horseshoe Magnet Setup: If you pass a current through the wire it moves upward due to the force acting on it according to the Fleming’s left-hand rule. ( Please note that black lead is connected to the positive… Continue reading »

Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule-1

Purpose: Illustrate Fleming’s Left handed Rule. Parts: Magnetic Force Accelerator and metal rods Power supply Unit Banana cables/ crocodile clips Setup:   The metal rod rolls to the left once you apply a voltage to the Magnetic Force Accelerator. Current loop… Continue reading »

Electric Field Lines

Purpose: Demonstrate Electric field lines for different electrodes. Parts: Sealed container with oil and suspended particles Electrostatic generator with cables Electrode plates   Setup: Place an electrode plate in the holder above the tank. Invert the… Continue reading »

RC circuits

  Purpose: Demonstrate the phase difference between the current and the voltage across the capacitor in  a series RC circuit. Parts: Demo oscilloscope Signal Generator Breadboard/few capacitors/Resistor BNC cables Setup:   Schematic(above) and the circuit on the breadboard(below). Continue reading »

Capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor

Purpose: Demonstrate the variation of capacitance with distance and the material in between the plates. Parts: Slidable big parallel plate capacitor High Impedance Voltmeter Sheet of glass Piece if rabbit fur LabQuest interface box to Project voltmeter to the big screen… Continue reading »

Charging/Discharging of a Capacitor

  Purpose: Demonstrates the charging of the capacitor when it is connected to the battery(Photo 1), and discharging through the bulb so that the bulb lights up when the switch is open(Photo 2).   Parts: Capacitor & switch Light bulb /connectors… Continue reading »

Newton’s cradle

Purpose: Explain momentum conservation and Collisions. Parts: Newton’s Cradle Setup : No setting up required. Pull the ball on one end  aside and allow to swing as a pendulum. It hits the… Continue reading »

Michelson Interferometer(incomplete)

Purpose: Can be used for different purposes. Illustrate the speed of light in air and vacuum, Find the index of refraction in air etc. Parts: Found on shelf O1 Setup: Interferometer  is setup on the optical bench. Connect the power supply to the power outlet. Continue reading »

Determine “absolute zero” temperature

Purpose This demo allows the determination of the “absolute zero”  temperature. Parts Pressure ball, found on shelf N2 Boiling water Ice water Dry ice and alcohol Set up Measure pressure inside ball after submerging in boiling water, ice water, and alcohol-submerged dry ice; this will allow… Continue reading »


Purpose To illustrate how “levitation” may be achieved through magnetic fields Parts The device and accessories are found on shelf M3 Setup Plug in and turn on the “Levitron” base. Spin top on top of base; it should levitate. Continue reading »

Faraday’s bulb

Purpose To illustrate Faraday’s law; current induced by putting magnet through coil lights up bulb Parts All found on shelf M2 Faraday’s bulb contraption Magnet Set up Pull magnet through loop and watch bulb light up… Continue reading »

Large Van de Graaff generator

Purpose To illustrate various concepts of electrostatics Parts The generator is found to the east of shelf M Set up Plug  in and turn on generator. Perform electrostatics demonstrations as desired. Continue reading »

Projector electroscope

Parts Electroscope, capable of detecting electrostatic charge when charged object is touched to the black protruding knob. May be placed on projector, allowing many people to view comfortably at once. Found on shelf M1… Continue reading »

“Fun fly stick”

Purpose To illustrate principles of electrostatics Parts The toy is found in its entirety on shelf M1 Set up Batteries required. As per manufacturer’s instructions, turn on the “stick”, allow to accumulate some charge, touch one of the shapes; this will allow you to keep the… Continue reading »

Faraday’s law demo

Purpose To illustrate the principle of induction. Parts The meter/coil contraption is found fully-assembled on shelf M1 If a magnet is needed, some are found on shelf M1 Set up Pull magnet through the various wire loops and note the reading on the meter. Continue reading »

Build a speaker

Purpose  To illustrate Faraday’s law through a hands-on project. Parts Several kits in zip bags are found in a box on shelf L1 Set up Follow the written instructions found in the box to build the speakers. Continue reading »

Dynamo bike

Purpose To illustrate Faraday’s law, as well as to show how mechanical energy can be converted to electrical energy Parts Dynamo bike, found in the southeast corner of the demonstrations room Set up No setup required. Simply sit on the bike and pedal, watching attached… Continue reading »

Longitudinal waves

Purpose To illustrate the concept of longitudinal waves Parts Metal spring, on shelf K2 Vibrator, on shelf K2 Ring stand, between shelves H and I Ring stand clamp and vertical transition, on shelf J1… Continue reading »

“Metal resonance strips”

  Purpose To illustrate the concept of resonance Parts All required parts are found on shelf K2 Metal strips Vibrator Set up Spread apart the metal strips and attach to vibrator. Perform the steps outlined in the paper instructions accompanying the metal… Continue reading »

Wine glasses

Purpose To illustrate basic concepts of vibrations and sound waves. Parts The wine glasses are found on shelf K1 Setup Pour water into cups, wet rims, and rub fingers against rims to create sound. Continue reading »

Spinning wheel on string

Purpose To illustrate concepts of circular motion such as angular momentum. Parts The wheel with string attached is found between shelves G and H Setup Spin wheel in position perpendicular to floor. Hang it by the string and notice that it stays upright. (see… Continue reading »

Soap bubble demo

Purpose: Explain thin film interference. Parts: C.V Boys cup Screen 200 W Lamp w/ power supply Little water Dish soap and the wiper to lay the soap film on the cup Camera and tripod to take a video out computer to display the output… Continue reading »

Shadow projection of circular motion

Purpose: Describe Simple Harmonic motion as projection of circular motion. Parts: Turntable Ball with a metal stand(cylinder) Pendulum Setup: Keep the ball on the metal cylinder and place it on the turntable as shown in the picture.  Adjust the height of the pendulum, so that two balls are in… Continue reading »

Pail of water

Purpose: Illustrate the idea of centripetal and centrifugal forces and accelerations. Parts: Bucket with water, or glass of water on the base shown in the pictures. Setup: Hold the setup from the hanger and spin it around in a vertical circle with a certain speed. The water stays inside… Continue reading »

Falling Drops

Falling drops setup

Introduction The falling drops demonstration is a way for students to observe the motion of an object under a constant acceleration (in this case, from gravity). By timing the flashing of a strobe light to sync with a water pump, fluorescing falling water drops appear to freeze midair. Students can… Continue reading »

Galileo Ramp

Galileo drop final set up

Introduction Final set up of Galileo drop To observe the displacement of an object at constant acceleration, a cart is sent down an inclined air track, with flags or sticky notes marking positions on the track. These positions correspond to the increasing distances traveled over equal time intervals. A… Continue reading »