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Help me decide with a mid range physic project

  1. Dec 8, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi guys. Recently, my physics' teacher told my class to make an experiment from any of the themes which are covered in the period. I need some ideas in which I can make something, somewhat good and not easy looking, but at the same time not very budget consuming.


    2. Relevant equations



    Themes covered in my class:
    Torque
    Simple Harmonic Movement
    Waves.
    Mechanical Fluids
    Temperature; thermodynamics.



    In previous courses, people have done the following:

    - Ram water pump

    - Hydraulic Arm.

    - Submarine.



    3. The attempt at a solution




    What I have tried proposing to no avail:

    - Pascal Tube,

    - Hydraulic elevator using Pascal's principle.



    What he wants, and will give lots of extra points to the group who deliver:

    -Sonoluminiescence




    Any ideas? I am not living in the U.S., and I have a very limited access to labs, is there a not so expensive way to do a good, somewhat-complex looking project?

    I appreciate a lot your great help!
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Dec 8, 2011 #2
    I think it would be pretty cool if you were to get a 5mW laser (pretty cheap online, you can find them for < 10 bucks), and use it to make a hologram. Now that I think about it, I'm sure that there is a kit online that would make it pretty easy for you to do (I don't know if that's allowed).

    Hopefully this falls under the waves category of your possible choices.

    I googled how to make a hologram and got this link,
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7759505...dgets/t/how-make-holograms-home/#.TuD2SbJiLjw

    and even though it will be pretty easy to do, the physics behind it can be pretty in depth no pun intended.

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/optmod/holog.html

    Just a thought :smile:
     
  4. Dec 8, 2011 #3
    Thanks man! I'll give it a shot! Let's see what the teacher thinks about it. :D
     
  5. Dec 8, 2011 #4
    Just asked the teacher... He said that it is not part of the class :(
     
  6. Dec 8, 2011 #5
    Bummer. Yeah, I was wondering if it would be. I don't understand why it couldn't be a part of waves. Unless your class only did standing waves or something like that.
     
  7. Dec 8, 2011 #6

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    It's vexing that you don't have access to labs, what is the teacher expecting you to do, go to a grocery store and get materials? Bah.

    Anyway, how about you analyze a non-linear pendulum - say an inverted pendulum. It's got some pretty interesting chaotic properties.

    Or, if that's too high level, how about the behavior of standing waves on a weighted wire. That could be fairly easy to implement, get some wire from a home improvement store, add weights to one end, analyze.
     
  8. Dec 8, 2011 #7
    Hehehe. I'll ask the teacher that! Hopes he does not find it very simple :s.
     
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