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Physics Projects For Students

Physics is essentially the science of energy and matter and students enrolled in Physics courses study the interactions between the two. Physics includes study of materials and energy and their relations to motion, heat, light and force. Today the scope of this discipline has expanded further to include nuclear physics and particle physics, plasma physics and cryogenics. Below is a list of interesting Physics projects which students can benefit from:

  1. Detecting the Coriolis Effect in a Hose: objective is to determine if the Coriolis Effect can be detected by its influence on water flowing through a coiled hose in a rotating frame of reference
  2. Building a water clock
  3. Investigating how the distance of stretch in a rubber band at rest relates to the distance the rubber band travels after being released.
  4. Figure out how to calculate gear ratios by putting the gears together.
  5. Build an efficient Archimedes screw pump, using commonly found materials.
  6. How changing the length of the effort arm of a lever effects the amount of effort it takes to lift an object
  7. Direct Solar Pool Heater: this is a new invention designed to absorb solar energy using submerged black fabric disks and to transfer this absorbed energy directly to the pool water
  8. Doppler Effect and the Fiber Gyroscope
  9. Radioactive Attenuation and the Inverse Square Law
  10. Reflections on Reflection: to develop a cost effective method of concentrating light onto a photovoltaic solar panel.
  11. Additive Colors: To discover how white light is made.
  12. Balloon Rocket Car: for showing Newton’s Third Law of Motion by building a balloon-powered rocket car.
  13. Building an Electromagnet: for finding out how electromagnetism works by constructing an electromagnet
  14. Build an Inclinometer: a device that will trace lines of the Earth’s magnetic field.
  15. Creating Lightening with a few simple tools that you can find in your home or at the grocery store.
  16. Egg in a Bottle: putting an egg into a bottle and taking it out intact using the properties of air pressure.
  17. Floating Ball Experiment for demonstrating the dynamics of air pressure
  18. Refractive Indices of Water And Turpentine Oil
  19. Semi-classical Method to Predict Helium
  20. Solar Cells: to determine if dye-sensitized solar cells that implement berry pigments absorb more solar energy than dye-sensitized solar cells that implement leaf pigments.
  21. Effectiveness of Recycled Materials as Thermal Insulation
  22. Electronic Eye: An electric eye is a photo detector used for detecting obstruction of a light beam. The device does not provide an image and only the presence of light is detectable.
  23. Friction And Vibration: to see if friction can cause a glass to vibrate
  24. Homemade Windmill
  25. Brass Instruments and Artificial Lips: to find out how different variations of brass horns and mouthpieces affect the sound ultimately produced by a brass instrument.
  26. Cold Nuclear Fusion
  27. Cosmic Ray Shower Array Reconstruction: to analyze ultra-high energy cosmic ray showers, characterizing their energies and apparent direction of origin.
  28. Count on Calories
  29. Inertia of an Egg: used to identify a hard-boiled egg from among a dozen, the remainder being uncooked eggs and demonstrating the inertia of an egg
  30. Jar Compass Project: to show earth’s magnetic force by creating our very own compass in a jar.
  31. Static Electricity: to separate a mixture of salt and pepper
  32. Super Strength Egg to show the strength of an eggshell when weight and pressure are applied to it.
  33. Vibrating Coin: for showing expansion of air when heated.
  34. Water Displacement to show how water levels are affected by objects of various mass.
  35. Creating Sound with Heat
  36. Density Effect on Amplitude
  37. Frequency Relationship of Notes in Musical Harmony: designed to understand whether musical notes in harmony bear a specific mathematical relationship in the ratio between their respective frequencies.
  38. How Fish Achieve Neutral Buoyancy
  39. Investigate the Relation between Output and Input Voltage
  40. Determine the temperature of the air inside a pipe by measuring the speed of sound.
  41. Determining the relationship between air pressure and sound decibels
  42. The size of a meteorite vs. the size of the crater it makes upon impact
  43. Do Objects Float Better in Salt Water Than in Fresh Water?
  44. Comparing friction between dry and icy surfaces by measuring slip angle and slip height
  45. Build a vessel that will hold the most pennies and still floats
  46. Using magnetic levitation to measure gravity
  47. Showing how different surfaces would affect the velocity of a rolling object
  48. Demonstrating how an elevator works through a series of pulleys
  49. Exploring the hypothesis that stopping distance of a toy car in its ‘natural motion’ varies when it travels on different surfaces and incline plane
  50. How much energy is needed to bring a wheeled object up a ramp?
  51. Make a Telescope
  52. Photo-electrochemical Cell to Obtain Hydrogen from Water with Visible Light
  53. Photo-resistor
  54. Proving Universal Gravitation by Warping Space-Time
  55. The Most Efficient Automobile Sunshade
  56. The Solar Heating and Night Cooling of Surfaces
  57. To Calculate the Specific Heat Capacity of Water
  58. To Study the Variation of Electrical Resistance
  59. Fire and Burning- what factors affect burning?
  60. Fuels and their efficiency in producing energy
  61. Musical instruments and the scientific principles behind them
  62. Using Sound to Measure Temperature
  63. Voltage Regulator Using Zener Diode
  64. Will a Guitar String Vibrate Forever in the Vacuum of Space
  65. Zero Gravity Elevator Experiment
  66. Make electromagnets with different strengths; compare their magnetic fields using iron filings to find what effect they have on a compass needle and how strong their attraction is
  67. Quantifying the Effect of Sky glow on the Visibility of Stars
  68. Study of Constituents of Alloys
  69. Inertia of Discs
  70. Creating Smoke Rings
  71. Study of Diffusion of Solids in Liquids
  72. Explore centripetal force by designing and building a mini roller coaster and demonstrating the physics behind it.
  73. What type of flooring (carpet, wood, tile, linoleum, etc.) creates the most or the least friction?
  74. How does the efficiency of an incandescent bulb compare to a fluorescent?
  75. Compare the effectiveness of different types of insulation. Which keeps out the most heat or cold?
  76. Can different substances like salt and vinegar be used in electrolysis to make hydrogen production more cost-effective?
  77. Does increasing the number of electrodes make the process of electrolysis less time consuming or more cost effective?
  78. Can different alternative energy sources be used in combination to produce the energy to power a home?
  79. How to make a solar oven
  80. Demonstrating which type of sponge holds most water
  81. Does temperature of magnets affect its strength?
  82. Watch compass
  83. Simple Planetarium
  84. Create Giant Bubbles
  85. Cloud in a Bottle
  86. Colored Interference Patterns
  87. Diffraction of Light
  88. he mathematics of snowflakes
  89. The effect of solar activity on radio propagation
  90. Observations of magnetic permeability of different materials
  91. Index of refraction of liquids versus temperature
  92. How is paint affected by temperature changes?
  93. How does temperature affect the elasticity of rubber?
  94. How does temperature affect the strength or adherence of glue?
  95. Index of refraction of liquids versus amount of additive
  96. Crystal growth rates versus solution strengths and temperature
  97. Experimenting with various separation techniques (e.g. electrophoresis)
  98. Make a universal Reflector
  99. Impact force of falling object
  100. Determining accuracy of various thermometers

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