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Book & Prepare for a Show

Physics Fun in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Book us by sending an email to Physics Force member Jack Netland or Hank Ryan. Be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Your name
  • Your school or organization name
  • Your phone number and the best time to reach you
  • Your preferred show date(s)
Jack or Hank will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss the details and confirm date availability.

Step 2: We can create a show in nearly any available performance space. But, we do need you to provide some key items to create a great show:

  • Flatbed cart to transport equipment from our van to performance area and back
  • Public address (amplifier and speaker system) to which we can plug our own mixing board and wireless mics
  • Access to electricity at performance area
  • Access to water nearby (we will need about 4 gallons)
  • 4 tables, each about 6 feet in length
  • Large screen viewable from performance area (optional, but enhances show if available)
  • Video projector to connect to a Macintosh computer (we have adaptors)
  • Mop and mop bucket on wheels (no water)
  • Roll of toilet paper (industrial if possible) with standard hole in the center
  • One empty aluminum pop can per show
  • Garbage receptacle for our mess (it makes custodians happier if we have one available)

Step 3: Distribute our concept and vocabulary list to teachers so they can review it with students who will attend the show — students will have more fun the more they know. You can review the list below or download it as a .PDF for easy distribution.

  1. Weight/mass (distinguishing the difference would be helpful but not crucial)
  2. Inertia (as in things at rest tend to stay at rest/things in motion tend to stay in motion)
  3. Balanced (as in stable versus not stable)
  4. Force (as in pushes or pulls)
  5. Friction (both static and kinetic if you can!)    
  6. Gravity
  7. Collision (no need to deal with inelastic versus elastic)
  8. Momentum (much like inertia)
  9. Gas pressure (as in molecules continuously bouncing off a surface)
  10. Atmospheric Air Pressure (as in air molecules continuously bounce off everything producing about 14.7 pounds of push per square inch of surface)
  11. Acceleration (as in speeding up or slowing down, but not that found in a curving motion)
  12. Acceleration due to gravity (as in free falling-no need to deal with air resistance that slows the normal rate of gravitational acceleration)
  13. Boiling (as with water)
  14. Displace (as in one thing replacing another)
  15. Speed or Velocity (no need to distinguish the difference between them)
  16. Curve ball (as in a pitched baseball, not why but what)
  17. Vortex (as in a whirlpool in water or air)
  18. Rotate
  19. Volume
That’s It! It’s just that easy to get a Physics Force show for your school or organization — so get started!