IYPT 2004 in Brisbane, Australia
Total ranking of all teams after round 5
Invent and construct a device that would allow the size of a droplet of a mist to be determined using a sound generator.
2. Stubborn Ice
Put a piece of ice (e.g. an ice cube) into a container filled with vegetable oil. Observe its motion and make a quantitative description of its dynamics.
3. Electric Pendulum
Use a thread to suspend a ball between the plates of a capacitor. When the plates are charged the ball will start to oscillate. What does the period of the oscillations depend on?
4. Dusty Blot
Describe and explain the dynamics of the patterns you observe when some dry dust (e.g. coffee powder or flour) is poured onto a water surface. Study the dependence of the observed phenomena on the relevant parameters.
When you put a sea-shell to your ear you can hear ‘the sea’. Study the nature and the characteristics of the sound.
6. Seebeck Effect
Two long metal strips are bent into the form of an arc and are joined at both ends. One end is then heated. What are the conditions under which a magnetic needle placed between the strips shows maximum deviation?
Stand a coin on its edge upon a horizontal surface. Gently spin the coin and investigate the resulting motion as it settles.
8. Pebble Skipping
It is possible to throw a flat pebble in such a way that it can bounce across a water surface. What conditions must be satisfied for this phenomenon to occur?
Using a dc source, investigate how the resistance between two metallic wires dipped into flowing water (or water solution) depends upon the speed and direction of the flow.
10. Two Chimneys
Two chimneys stand on a box with one transparent side. Under each chimney there is a candle. A short period after the candles are lit one flame becomes unstable. Examine the case and present your own theory of what is happening.
11. String Telephone
How do the intensity of sound transmitted along a string telephone, and the quality of communication between the transmitter and receiver, depend upon the distance, tension in the line and other parameters? Design an optimal system.
12. Kundt's Tube
In a "Kundt’s Tube" type of experiment the standing waves produced can be made visible using a fine powder. A closer look at the experiment reveals that the regions of powder have a sub-structure. Investigate its nature.
13. Egg White
White light appears red when it is transmitted through a slice of boiled egg white. Investigate and explain this phenomenon. Find other similar examples.
Construct a fountain with a 1m ‘head of water’. Optimise the other parameters of the fountain to gain the maximum jet height by varying the parameters of the tube and by using different water solutions.
15. Brazil Nut Effect
When a granular mixture is shaken the larger particles may end up above the smaller ones. Investigate and explain this phenomenon. Under what conditions can the opposite distribution be obtained?
16. Small Fields
Construct a device based upon a compass needle and use your device to measure the Earth’s magnetic field.
The "didgeridoo" is a simple wind instrument traditionally made by the Australian aborigines from a hollowed-out log. It is, however, a remarkable instrument because of the wide variety of timbres that it produces. Investigate the nature of the sounds that can be produced and how they are formed.