Practical activities designed for use in the classroom with 11- to 19-year-olds.
Welcome to Practical Physics
This website is for teachers of physics in schools and colleges. It is a collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of physical concepts and processes.
Some of the experiments can be used as starting-points for investigations or for enhancement activities. Many have links to carefully selected further reading and all include information and guidance for technicians.
Why use practical work in physics?
Physics is a practical science. Practical activities are not just motivational and fun: they can also sharpen students’ powers of observation, stimulate questions, and help develop new understanding and vocabulary.
Good quality, appropriate physics experiments and investigations are the key to enhanced learning, and clarification and consolidation of theory.
Using this website
Activities are arranged into collections within topics. You can use the topics on the left hand side to find activities in particular areas, or use the search box. If you are unable to find what you're looking for or have any problems using the site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.