National Geographic : Elements of Science

Elements of Science

  • Science from A to Z

    • 100 Experiments in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    • 2006 Parents' Choice Silver Award

    Investigate the most important phenomena in biology, chemistry, and physics by conducting more than 100 fun experiments. A broad yet elaborate introduction to the physical and life sciences, this kit is intended to expose children to the full spectrum of science and show firsthand how these three core disciplines interrelate. Ages 10 and up. The full-color, 112-page book is organized into the following 15 chapters:

    1. Water: adhesion, cohesion, buoyancy, density, states of water, surface tension
    2. Air: Bernoulli's Principle, gases, pressure, wind, molecular theory
    3. Heat: temperature, evaporation, heat energy
    4. Sound: music, sound waves, vibration
    5. Forces: centrifugal force, energy, weight, gravity, inertia, pendulums, rockets
    6. Magnetism: magnetic fields, compasses, magnetic poles, radiation
    7. Electricity: electric motors, lightbulbs, simple circuits, static electricity
    8. Electromagnetism: electromagnets, the EM spectrum, waves, current indicators
    9. Light: camera obscura, light and shadow, light intensity
    10. Optics: microscopes, telescopes, lenses, prisms, reflection, refraction, optical illusions
    11. Plants and Animals: seeds, microscopic organisms, plant cycles, plants and light
    12. Colors: color theory, printing, spectrum
    13. The Human Body: brain, eyes, circulatory system, ears
    14. Chemistry: acids, bases, chromatography, filtration, reactions, tricks, safety
    15. Earth and Sun: globes, day and night, seasons, rotation, sundials, time zones

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