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Al Tobias (wat4y) - Office: Gibson S123 & Physics 218, (434) 924-0538

Physics Demo Manual

Demonstrations are cataloged according to PIRA Bibliography


Due to Physics Building renovations, the lead time to set up demo requests has increased due to the need to transport equipment across campus. Please be kind and let me know well ahead of time what you need.

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 Thermal Properties Of Matter
 Heat And The First Law
 Change Of State
 Kinetic Theory
 Gas Law
 Boyle's Law
 Ideal Gas Law
 Entropy And The Second Law

Ideal Gas Law


To qualitatively demonstrate the ideal gas law,.i.e., with temperature change the pressure and volume change are followed.


Set up the PASCO heat engine/gas law apparatus. Prepare two reservoirs one with boiling water another with ice water. Dip the capped metal cylinder in each one and observe the piston head rise/drop.