Model project: practical physics at work

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The Institute of Physics' 'MODEL Project: Practical Physics at Work' provides engaging and relevant practical physics activities, student instructions and worksheets plus guidance for teacher and technicians.

The practical activities are supported by video sequences showing how some people use physics in the jobs they do.

The materials are arranged into six topics. Each topic has:
• a number of student practicals, many of which contain more than one activity
• teacher and technician guidance notes for the student practicals
• related video sequences, each with work-related on-screen questions
• worksheets for the on screen questions, and a sheet of answers to all the worksheets for the topic.

The material is not presented as a complete teaching scheme. Components may be used individually or units as appropriate. The topics are:

• Harnessing Energy - the nature of energy, energy transfer and transformation, the Centre for Alternative Energy
• Making a Spectacle - the physics behind making good spectacles, the optician
• Sounds Good - improving sound quality, sound in the theatre
• Cutting Edge Materials - materials science, nitinol – a smart metal alloy
• Bright Sparks - electricity, circuits generators and motors, the electrician
• Physical Health - physics used in medical analysis, the modern hospital


This collection of resources was first published in 2006. Ideas about teaching major scientific explanations, such as energy, are constantly changing. The Institute of Physics offers a wide range of professional support for teachers to enable them to update their subject pedagogy.

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Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

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