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Physics: Cinema Classics

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Basic concepts of physics are shown in demonstrations or experiments taken from over 100 archival film sources. Each chapter contains both motion picture and still frames.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tesla's Longitudinal Electricity

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This video is a laboratory demonstration of longitudinal electricity with Eric Dollard and Peter Lindemann.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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The Joy of Science: Part I

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"These lucid, information-packed lectures convey the excitement of scientific discovery and trace the connections between discoveries over time. In this course, veteran science educator Robert Hazen renders the most complex ideas simple and memorable, without ever being simplistic"--www.teach12.com.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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The Fundamental Forces [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that all physical phenomena of nature are explained by four forces: two nuclear forces, gravity and electricity.
Online
1985
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Beyond the Mechanical Universe [electronic resource]

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Looks at electricity, magnetism, and the twentieth century discovers of relativity and quantum mechanics. Investigates the relationships between mathematicians and physicists in the development of these theories, highlighting the work of Albert Einstein, Charles Coulomb, Faraday, Maxwell, Benjamin Franklin, and Newton.
Online
1985
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The Electric Field [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that Michael Faraday's vision of lines of constant force in space laid the foundation for the modern idea of the field of force. Electric fields of static charges, Gauss's law, and the conservation of flux are discussed.
Online
1985
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Potential and Capacitance [electronic resource]

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Discusses Benjamin Franklin's theory of the Leyden jar and his invention of the parallel plate capacitor. Also covers electrical potential, the potential of charged conductors, equipotentials, and capacitance.
Online
1985
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Voltage, Energy and Force [electronic resource]

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Deals with electric potential and its gradients, the potentials of atoms and metals, electric energy, and why sparks jump.
Online
1985
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The Electric Battery [electronic resource]

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Covers the shift away from electricity as a curiosity with the invention of the electric battery by Alessandro Volta.
Online
1985
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Vector Fields and Hydrodynamics [electronic resource]

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Discusses the differences between electric fields and magnetic fields and how these fields can be better understood by analogy to fields of fluid flow.
Online
1985
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Electromagnetic Induction [electronic resource]

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Describes how the discovery of electromagnetic induction in 1831 created an important technological break-through in the generation of electric power.
Online
1985
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Alternating Current [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that electromagnetic induction makes it easy to generate alternating current while transformers make it practical to distribute it over long distances.
Online
1985
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Physics, Cinema Classics

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Basic concepts of physics are shown in demonstrations or experiments taken from over 100 archival film sources. Each chapter contains both motion picture and still frames.
Laserdisc
1993
Ivy (By Request)
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Shedding Light on Color [electronic resource]

Color adds beauty to our lives and helps us express our deepest feelings, but what exactly is it? This video lays out the scientific principles at the heart of that question, examining the relationship between light and color, the physical and chemical properties that create it, and the ways in which humans and animals perceive it. Viewers are shown how light can be broken down into component colors-or, more accurately, wavelengths-and are given simple demonstrations that clarify important concepts. These include paint mixing studies, electricity and magnetism experiments, and computerized diagrams that show how various energy wavelengths correspond to specific colors and color ranges. A fascinating introduction to light, its effects, and how it colors our world!
Online
2012
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Shedding Light on Reflection [electronic resource]

Using exciting live-action demonstrations and easy-to-understand animation, this video delves into the fundamental concepts of reflection and its relationship to light, vision, and the physical world. Topics include: What is reflection? How do mirrors form images? How do they reflect light differently depending on their properties? In what way are mirror images different from two-dimensional photographs? How does our ability to see in three dimensions affect the way we see mirror images? Can animals see things in mirrors? And how do periscopes work? These questions, and many more, are answered in this entertaining and informative program, which includes a variety of optical illusions and magic tricks that incorporate reflection. Viewers will never look into a mirror in the same way again!
Online
2012
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Shedding Light on Refraction [electronic resource]

Anyone standing in front of a mirror will instantly recognize the concept of reflection at work, but to observe the process of refraction and to develop an in-depth knowledge of it is quite a different story. This video helps students understand how light behaves when it passes through transparent materials and how refraction plays a role in nature and in human life. With engaging explanations and no-nonsense animation, the program explains the refractive index, incident ray, angle of incidence, refracted ray, angle of refraction, normal line, and what it means for light to turn "toward the normal" or "away from the normal." Helpful graphics illustrate the velocities at which light travels through a vacuum, air, water, and glass, and how these speeds are used in physics and optics ca [...]
Online
2012
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Electrical Circuits [electronic resource]

Introducing viewers to the basics of electrical circuits, this video looks at the various components of a circuit while describing voltage, current, resistance, and series and parallel circuits. It also demonstrates a range of calculations that are central to real-world applications of the principles of electricity. Viewers are shown how to use a multimeter and are given a solid understanding of resistors and resistance color coding. The program presents clear verbal and visual explanations of the flow of current through a circuit and how electrical energy is used, in addition to easy-to-follow examples of Ohm's and Kirchoff's Laws and how they are applied.
Online
2013
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Shedding Light on Curved Mirrors [electronic resource]

Most of us have experienced the amusement (and possible embarrassment) that goes with standing in front of a distorted funhouse mirror. What many people don't realize is that convex and concave mirrors are actually quite useful. Beginning with a basic discussion of reflection in flat mirrors, this video shows how curved mirrors are used in a wide variety of industrial and safety-related applications. Viewers learn how convex mirrors are important tools in automobile driving, traffic management, and security due to their outwardly curved surfaces…and likewise, how concave mirrors produce images and how concave reflectors are incorporated into designs for headlights, satellite dishes, solar cookers, and more. The concept of angle of incidence is discussed in detail. As a departure poin [...]
Online
2012
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Shedding Light on Electromagnetic Waves [electronic resource]

What are electromagnetic waves and how was it discovered that light is made of them? How were all the electromagnetic waves (like radio waves) that we can't even see discovered? And how do these electromagnetic waves affect our lives? In this exceptional program, science teacher Spiro Liacos introduces students to waves in general, and then takes a detailed and entertaining look at radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-rays, and gamma rays. Along the way he surfs, plays guitar and piano, flies a remote controlled helicopter, dives into the ocean, visits the dentist, and spends some time in the tropical sun. This program is a great way to teach students all about electromagnetic waves.
Online
2013
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Better Timing for Yellow Lights [electronic resource]

Researchers work to make intersections safer.
Online
2013