The Atmosphere

Golf Ball Atmosphere

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Demonstration of molecular motion and pressure using golf balls.

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55 Gallon Drum

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Drum evacuated by vacuum pump; crushed by atmospheric pressure. 

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Convection Cell

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A temperature gradient is applied to a two-dimensional cell filled with rheoscopic fluid; beautiful convection currents are observed.

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Cloud in a Bottle and Nucleation

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A 5-gallon bottle containing air and water vapor is slightly pressurized; a sudden release of the pressure cools the vapor, forming a cloud.

Smog in a Bottle

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Nitrogen dioxide is produced by an electric discharge in air and, when sprayed with a water mist, produces acid rain.

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Greenhouse Bottles

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Simulation of the greenhouse effect with silvered and unsilvered glass bottles.

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Polarization by Scattering

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Simulation of atmospheric scattering and polarization of sunlight using slide projector and aquarium containing milky water.

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20% Oxygen

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Air is shown to be 20% oxygen by burning magnesium in a glass cylinder inverted over water.

Giant Raindrop

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Large water-filled plastic raindrop shows, by laser ray tracing, the opticsof rainbow making.

Van de Graaff Generator

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Anti-antique electrostatic generator to be used with pie plates, etc. or just as a demonstration by itself (of static electricity generation).

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