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TRUMP Part 5: Telescopes and Instruments

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the design and performance of astronomical telescopes and instruments. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part drew...

TRUMP Part 4: Planets and Orbits

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with historical and modern observations of planets and their orbital motions. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part...

TRUMP Part 3: Star Formation and Evolution

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the formation, evolution and 'death' of stars. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part formed a sequel to Part 2 of...

Tides Simulator and Workshop

Produced by the National Schools Observatory, this PowerPoint workshop and accompanying flash animation explains tidal activity on Earth. The workshop takes the form of a PowerPoint presentation that explains why tides exist, why there are two tides each day and covers related topics such as spring/neap tides and...

The Transit Method

In this activity, developed by the Institute of Physics, students use a lamp and polystyrene balls to model how astronomers detect exoplanets using the transit method. After completing this activity, students should: *Understand that the transit of a planet in front of its star temporarily reduces the star’s...

Spread of disease

This Core Maths resource enables students to explore various models of the spread of disease. 

The presentation has links to instructions for three activities:

  • a practical investigation using a die and counters to model the spread and decline of a disease and an activity sheet to...

Population Data

This resource contains seven activities related to population statistics.

Data Assessment is fourteen pages of questions to be used a test of the topics covered in the seven lessons.

Population Change Information Sheet is...

Normal distribution

This Core Maths activity gives students the opportunity to practise using the Normal Distribution to solve problems in a variety of situations. 

Students calculate and interpret mean and standard deviation and draw diagrams such as a box plot.They need a good understanding of how to calculate ...

The Rotational Period of the Sun

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, introduces students to ways of combining errors (uncertainties) from two independent measured quantities. Using the equation for Doppler shift, the error in the rotational velocity and time period are calculated.

The content of the files are identical,...

The Life Cycle of Stars: the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how students can be engaged with the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, which is used to illustrate the properties of different types of stars. This is achieved...

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