Sunday, May 29, 2016

Physics Lab in a Hardware Store, Part I

In planning for our upcoming AmblesideOnline Year 5 Term 1, I'm adding in the optional science book Physics Lab in a Hardware Store by Bob Friedhoffer.

For this 12-week term, we'll divide up the readings like this:
Intro
pp. 21-23
pp. 23-25
pp. 26-27
pp. 28-29
pp. 29-30
pp. 30-32
pp. 33-36
pp. 37-39
pp. 39-42
pp. 43-46
pp. 46-50

Supplies

Items to view

(These aren't necessarily required in person, as the book has illustrations of them and they aren't needed for activities.)
  • tape measure
  • open-jawed calipers
  • vernier calipers
  • sandpaper with various coarseness (can be observed in the store)
  • file
  • motor oil
  • graphite
  • paraffin wax
  • axe
  • hatchet
  • maul
  • splitting wedge
  • cold chisel
  • wood chisel
  • plane
  • wooden wedge
  • ladder
  • various types of screws, including wood screws and machine screws (bolts) and nuts
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • toggle anchors and Molly anchors

Items to use

(These are needed for observations and activities and may be required more than once.)
  • open-jawed calipers
  • vernier calipers
  • sandpaper
  • tape
  • 3 feet of string
  • empty 1 liter plastic bottle with cap
  • scrap wood that is smooth on one side
  • fine sandpaper
  • coarse sandpaper
  • ball peen hammer
  • four 1-1/2 foot pieces of string
  • claw hammer, preferably an old one
  • two 10-penny nails
  • 1 to 2 foot piece of scrap 2x4 lumber
  • metal file (for filing metal)
  • ruler
  • notebook paper
  • scissors
  • pencil

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