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Everyday Physics: A Laboratory Manual

Nature volume 101, page 223 (23 May 1918) | Download Citation



A LABORATORY manual outlining a course in physics “adapted equally well to preparation for college and to the immediate requirements of everyday life” may be regarded as a sign of the times. It is becoming recognised in an increasing degree that the fundamental principles of physical science must be employed not oniy in the laboratory, but also in the home and in the factory. Mr. Packard, who is science master at the High School, Brookline, Massachusetts, has produced a volume of considerable interest and originality, which may be recommended to teachers who are planning a practical course in science for a secondary school. More than sixty exercises are given, covering a wide range of subjects, the usual experiments in a physics course being combined with newer exercises involving the use of commercial apparatus. Thus we have nofonly a “Study of a Metric Rule,” but also a “Study of a Water Meter,” with instructions for testing the accuracy of the meter by filling a tank of which the dimensions are to be determined. This is followed by exercises on gas and electricity meters with clearly drawn diagrams for each case.

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