Physics Demonstrations: A Sourcebook for Teachers of Physics

Sprott, Julien Clinton. Physics Demonstrations: A Sourcebook for Teachers of Physics. Wisconsin, 2006. 290p bibl index 2 DVDs ISBN 0299215806, $45.00

Sprott (physics, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) has compiled this book of 85 demonstrations performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The demonstrations, all from the standard fields of "non-modern" physics (i.e., no relativistic, nuclear, atomic, molecular, or condensed matter physics) include photos, a list of required materials (with commercial sources), procedures, discussion, possible hazards, and some references. There are some very useful appendixes. The writing is straightforward and seemingly complete. Although this reviewer could not open the accompanying DVDs, the book is quite useful without them. This book is recommended and should be of great interest to anybody who teaches introductory physics, or to students trying to make sense of the often-dry mathematical presentations of the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; faculty; professionals. --A. M. Saperstein, Wayne State University

Choice Magazine
July/August 2006
Middletown, CT