Science, technology, playing and learning - all of this can be realized simultaneously for children and adults with the right physics toy. in the first part of the series I've already introduced you to the Euler disk, the Feel Flux cylinder, a low-temperature Stirling engine, a light mill and the classic Schluckspecht. In this second part, too, I'll show you five physics toys for children and adults, which can be used to better understand and explain physical processes, rules and problems. If available, there is also a YouTube video and further links for each product;)
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Tunnel mirror / Infinity Mirror
A Tunnel mirror or infinity mirror is a commercially available mirror at first glance, which can also be used as such. In addition to the physics toy, you also get a functional item for the bathroom. However, if you switch on the built-in LED lights, a phenomenon from the field of optics arises: a tunnel appears to be created as the lights are reflected almost endlessly in the mirror. There's the whole thing too as a table.
Swinging sticks became popular with the Marvel film "Iron Man 2" at the latest. There are different physical approaches behind the two elements of the physics toy, seemingly endlessly rotating, and there are different physical approaches: on the one hand electromagnetism, on the other hand different kinds of energy laws. With this physics toy for children and adults everyone can learn something more. Here's the original: Swinging sticks.
A Helicones is a collection of wooden plates on a centrally mounted pole. You can turn this either in your hand or when it is in a foot section made for this purpose. The result is either a seemingly random pattern or - if you turn in the other direction - a double helix. According to the description of the following video, the physical toys for young and old are based on the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio.
Atom Kinetic Mobile
A kinetic mobile is an arrangement of spheres that swing and rotate in certain patterns attached to a pendulum. Sounds complicated, but it is not. For example this Atom Kinetic Mobile consists of the magnetic pendulum and three ball arrangements. These are three spheres attached in a circle around a pivot point, which are supposed to represent atoms in a very simplified way.
The Wobbly wood is the last and cheapest representative for this part of my list of fascinating physics toys for children and adults. A wobble stick is a shuttle that can be turned in one direction without any problems; turned in the other direction, however, begins to stumble, i.e. to wobble. Depending on the initial speed, the wood stops and then continues to rotate in the "favorite direction". Super cheap, but not that nice this model.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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