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Encyclopedia > Eureka! (Canadian TV series)

Eureka! was a Canadian educational television series for children, which aired on TVOntario in the early 1980s. TVOntario, officially the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, is an educational public television broadcaster in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...


Narrated by Billy Van, the program was a series of animated vignettes which taught physics lessons to children. The series won several educational awards, including Best Science & Math Video at the Birmingham International Educational Film Festival. Billy Van Evera (1934 – 6 January 2003) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... Physics (from the Greek, φυσικός (physikos), natural, and φύσις (physis), nature) is the Science of Nature. ...


The series was also — and still is — made available on videotape for use in schools.


30 eps: 5 mins: 1980 animation: information: english & french


Awards:


Honourable Mention - National Educational Film Festival Red Ribbon - American Film Festival Bronze Plaque - Columbus Film Festival Electra Certificate for Best Math & Science Video - Birmingham Film Festival International Council for Education Media Award


This show aired on TVOntario, TVO, TV Ontario.


Animation - Grafilm Productions Inc. Design - Joe Meluck Educational Consultants - John Kuropatwa, Paul Henshall, Bryan Kaufman, Ernie McFarland, Michael Broschart Unit Manager - Vickie Gilchrist Production Assistant - Geroge Pyron Written and Produced by - David Stansfield & Denise Boiteau


EPISODE GUIDE:


UNIT 1: Force and Energy


Program 1: Inertia This program introduces the series and sets forth the concept of inertia, the first law of physics: Things like to keep on doing what they're already doing.


Program 2: Mass Building on the concept of inertia, Eureka! adds the factor of mass, tells how it's measured, and shows how it differs from size. Concept: Inertia increases with mass.


Program 3: Speed The concept of speed is introduced to the inertia-mass relationship. Concept: Force varies with mass and rate of change of speed.


Program 4: Acceleration I With the examples of a bicycle and a baseball player, an important rule of physics becomes apparent. Concept: Force = mass x acceleration.


Program 5: Acceleration II An animated locomotive helps explain how acceleration works and is calculated. The importance of reasonable units is stressed. Concept: Acceleration = m/s2


Program 6: Gravity Isaac Newton's celebrated falling apple is cited to explain the force of gravity and the unit with which the force of gravity is measured. Concept: Force of gravity = mass x 10m/s2


Program 7: Weight vs Mass Eureka! explains the difference between weight and mass, and shows how only mass is the same on the moon and on the earth.


Program 8: Work A circus strongman and a clown help present the physics definition of work. Concept: Work = force x distance.


Program 9: Kinetic Energy Animated billiard balls help demonstrate kinetic energy - the energy of motion.


Program 10: Potential Energy A rock teetering on the edge of a cliff is shown to have potential energy - the energy of position.


UNIT 2: Simple Machines


Program 11: The Inclined Plane This program demonstrates how an inclined plane allows you to trade increased distance for decreased force.


Program 12: The Lever Eureka! demonstrates the principle of the lever: "The longer the arm of the lever to which force is applied, the less that force need be."


Program 13: Mechanical Advantage and Friction Professors A and B compare the mechanical advantage of an inclined plane with that of a lever.


Program 14: The Screw and the Wheel This program provides examples and definitions of a screw and a wheel; a screw is simply a twisted inclined plane; a wheel is simply a circular lever, whose fulcrum has become an axle.


Program 15: The Pulley Eureka! shows viewers how a pulley works to lift a heavy object. If you double the number of ropes supporting the weight, you double the mechanical advantage.


UNIT 3: Heat and Temperature


Program 16: Molecules in Solids This program defines the three states of matter, and illustrates the lattice-work pattern of molecules in solids. Viewers learn the origin of the word "molecule."


Program 17: Molecules in Liquids As molecules in a solid get hotter, they vibrate faster and faster and eventually slip out of their lattice-work pattern. When this occurs, the substance melts, changing from a solid to a liquid state.


Program 18: Evaporation and Condensation A goldfish bowl filled with water demonstrates the process of evaporation, in which speeding molecules escape from a liquid to form a gas.


Program 19: Expansion and Contraction Using balloons to illustrate the process, Eureka! shows how, when matter gets hot, its molecules go faster and the solid, liquid, or gas expands. Conversely, when matter gets cold, its molecules go slower, and the solid, liquid, or gas contracts.


Program 20: Measuring Temperature Eureka! shows viewers how Swedish scientist Anders Celsius invented the Celsius thermometer, using the expansion of mercury as a measure of temperature.


Program 21: Temperature vs Heat Eureka! explains that heat refers to quantity of hotness, and is determined by the mass and speed of molecules. This program demonstrates that a bucket of water at a temperature of 50?C contains more heat than a cup of water at 100?C.


UNIT 4: The Conduction of Heat


Program 22: Atoms This program explains that molecules are made up of atoms. In pure metals, all the atoms are arranged separately in a lattice-work pattern, but in most non-metals, liquids, and gases, the atoms are bunched together intomolecules.


Program 23: Electrons Using an animated model of an atom, Eureka! illustrates how electrons whiz so quickly round the nucleus that they appear to form layers.


Program 24: Conduction Eureka! looks at the process of conduction, explaining that the application of heat to an object makes the molecules or atoms vibrate faster and cause a sort of "domino effect."


UNIT 5: The Convection of Heat


Program 25: Volume and Density This program explains that volume refers to the amount of space an object envelops and that density refers to the amount of mass that is compacted in a given volume.


Program 26: Buoyancy Showing viewers that objects immersed in a liquid are buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the liquid displaced, this program explains the principle of buoyancy.


Program 27: Convection This program explains how the principle of buoyancy is responsible for the process of heat transfer called convection.


UNIT 6: The Radiation of Heat


Program 28: Heat as Energy Heat is produced whenever there is movement and friction between two objects. Since movement is a form of energy, it follows that heat must also be a form of energy.


Program 29: Radiation Waves Viewers learn that one of the chief ways in which heat energy moves is in the form of waves. This kind of heat transfer is called radiation.


Program 30: The Radiation Spectrum Viewers learn that the waves of heat energy radiated by the sun come in many forms, which together make a band, or spectrum, of energy waves.


External link

Eureka at the Internet Movie Database The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...


 
 

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