SPS utilizes a variety of experiments to demonstrate a wide range of physics topics. Below are just a few of the concepts and related demonstrations regularly covered during outreach events.
Sodium lamp: illustrates monochromatic light.
Polarizing sheets: demonstrates how light can be filtered, how polarized 3D glasses and sunglasses work.
Electricity and Magnetism
Tesla coil: used with various light bulbs and gas discharge tubes to demonstrate electric fields.
Copper tubes and magnets: demonstrates eddy currents.
Euler’s Disk: explores the motion of a spinning disk on a curved surface.
Bicycle wheel gyroscope: demonstrates angular momentum and its conservation, precession.