"The best experiments are simple and on a large scale, and
their workings are obvious to the audience. The worst experiment is one
in which something happens inside a box, and the audience is told that
if a pointer moves, the lecturer has very cleverly produced a marvelous
effect. Audiences love simple experiments and, strangely enough, it is
often the advanced scientist who is most delighted by them."
- Michael Faraday
Welcome to the UCI Physics and Astronomy Department’s Lecture Demonstration Program. We maintain a vast catalogue of over 300 different demonstrations organized by topic/subtopic/subject and ready for use in your classroom or lecture hall. You can use lecture demos to:
- Improve students' conceptual understanding in your class.
- Visually ground abstract physics concepts and descriptions with concrete physical examples.
- Boost students' interaction, excitement, and engagement.
As an example:
To order your first set of demos, just send me the names of the demonstrations you would like and the dates you would like them. I’ll take care of the rest and, if at all possible, I will even deliver and pick them up directly from your classroom or attached storage room. Please review the Ordering Demonstrations page of our website for more detailed information regarding accessing and requesting lecture demonstrations.
If you haven’t already, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 949–824–7188) if you have any questions or comments. As always, I look forward to working with you this quarter and hope that together we can make your class inspiring, exciting and enlightening!
Other Classroom Support
Most classrooms and lecture halls have been converted into Smart Classrooms, containing a PC, VHS/DVD deck, and an AMX touch-panel that controls everything from audio-visual resurces to the room lights. For more information and assistance with classroom technology and special audio-visual equipment please visit Classroom Technology Support. For assistance with course development and web-based technologies such as video and podcasting please visit the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center.