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2012 Physics Demo Show

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The 20th Annual “Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations”
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Speakers; Doug Johnson, Sal Moreno, Hector Maciel, Maria Vaughn

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona

The 2012 version of Doug Johnson’s legendary annual lecture-demo extravaganza, featuring old favorites and new and improved demos.

Car struck by lightning

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The Top Gear team wonder what it would be like if you were struck by lightning while in your car. Richard Hammond finds out! Free exciting automobile clip from BBC Worldwide.

Power of Ten (original 1977)

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Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC (Available at


here is a modern version of the Power of Ten;

The Scale of the Universe – Interactive 
Flash Animation Credit & Copyright: Cary & Michael Huang

Explanation: What does the universe look like on small scales? On large scales? Humanity is discovering that the universe is a very different place on every proportion that has been explored. For example, so far as we know, every tiny proton is exactly the same, but every huge galaxy is different. On more familiar scales, a small glass table top to a human is a vast plane of strange smoothness to a dust mite — possibly speckled with cell boulders. Not all scale lengths are well explored — what happens to the smallest mist droplets you sneeze, for example, is a topic of active research — and possibly useful to know to help stop the spread of disease. The above interactive flash animation, a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten, is a new window to many of the known scales of our universe. By moving the scroll bar across the bottom, you can explore a diversity of sizes, while clicking on different items will bring up descriptive information.