Forrest Mims' Science Experiments

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Forrest M. Mims is a revered contributor to Make: magazine, where his popular columns about science-related topics and projects for Makers are evergreen treasures. Collected together here for the first time, these columns range from such simple projects as building an LED tracker for hand-launched night rockets to such challenging builds as an ultra-sensitive twilight photometer that measures the elevation of layers of dust, smoke, and smog from around 3,000 feet to the top of the stratosphere at 31 miles!

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Table of contents

  1. Titlepage
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Preface: Becoming an Amateur Scientist
  6. Chapter 1: How to Study Tree Rings
  7. Chapter 2: Snow Science
  8. Chapter 3: Tracking Heat Islands
  9. Chapter 4: Vibration Sensors
  10. Chapter 5: Make an Experimental Optical Fiber Seismometer
  11. Chapter 6: Ultra-Simple Sunshine Recorders
  12. Chapter 7: The Infrared Thermometer: An Essential Science Gadget
  13. Chapter 8: Capturing and Studying Airborne Dust, Smoke, and Spores
  14. Chapter 9: Track the Leading Greenhouse Gas
  15. Chapter 10: Build a Twilight Photometer, part 1
  16. Chapter 11: Build a Twilight Photometer, part 2
  17. Chapter 12: How to Analyze Scientific Images
  18. Chapter 13: Doing Science with a Digital Scanner
  19. Chapter 14: Data Mining: How to Analyze Online Scientific Data
  20. Chapter 15: Using Sensors with Dataloggers
  21. Chapter 16: How to Document What You Make or Discover
  22. Chapter 17: MARS-BOT: Adding Science to Robotics
  23. Chapter 18: How to Photograph the Solar Aureole
  24. Chapter 19: Record Your World from a Picture Post
  25. Chapter 20: Digital Pinhole Photography
  26. Chapter 21: How to Make and Use Retroreflectors
  27. Chapter 22: How to Use LEDs to Detect Light
  28. Chapter 23: Use LEDs to Track Night-Launched Projectiles
  29. Chapter 24: Connecting Fibers to LEDs and Sensors
  30. Chapter 25: Transform Things into Sounds with the PunkPAC
  31. Chapter 26: Making Synthesized Music from Your Data
  32. Chapter 27: Startups: Origins of the PC Revolution
  33. Chapter 28: Thomas Jefferson: Maker in Chief
  34. Chapter 29: The Kit That Launched the Tech Revolution
  35. Chapter 30: When Projects Fail
  36. Index

Product information

  • Title: Forrest Mims' Science Experiments
  • Author(s): Forrest M. Mims
  • Release date: September 2016
  • Publisher(s): Make: Community
  • ISBN: 9781680451177