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Genre Animation
Written by David Stansfield
Denise Boiteau
Voices of Billy Van
Luba Goy
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Original network TVOntario

Eureka! is a Canadian educational television series which was produced and broadcast by TVOntario in 1980 and 1981. The series was narrated by Billy Van, and featured a series of animated vignettes which taught physics lessons to children. It is currently available online.


Eureka! is a series of animated shorts that illustrate concepts in physics. Each program takes a simple and direct approach to the subject matter; while the basic concepts are explained in a voice-over, cartoon characters and a variety of animated objects demonstrate the principles on the screen. Constant review and reinforcement make the message clear; as a result, the study of physics becomes easy and accessible - even to viewers without a solid background in the subject. Basic formulae and concepts are introduced with a recap of what was learnt in the previous episode to build knowledge on a topic and create connections.


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 - George Pyron

List of episodes

30 episodes were produced. All of the episodes are five minutes in length.

Unit 1: Force and Energy

  1. Inertia
  2. Mass
  3. Speed
  4. Acceleration I
  5. Acceleration II
  6. Gravity
  7. Weight vs Mass
  8. Work
  9. Kinetic Energy
  10. Potential Energy and Speed

Unit 2: Simple Machines

  1. The Inclined Plane
  2. The Lever
  3. Mechanical Advantage and Friction
  4. The Screw and the Wheel
  5. The Pulley

Unit 3: Heat and Temperature

  1. Molecules in Solids
  2. Molecules in Liquids
  3. Evaporation and Condensation
  4. Expansion and Contraction
  5. Measuring Temperature
  6. Temperature vs Heat

Unit 4: The Conduction of Heat

  1. Atoms
  2. Electrons
  3. Conduction

Unit 5: The Convection of Heat

  1. Volume and Density
  2. Buoyancy
  3. Convection

Unit 6: The Radiation of Heat

  1. Heat as Energy
  2. Radiation Waves
  3. The Radiation Spectrum
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