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I Am a Star *suitable for home teaching*

This resource is based around the chemical composition of the human body and the origin of elements in the universe. Students can input a mass in the spreadsheet to see what proportion of their mass is from elements created in the Big Bang, in stars and in supernovae. Graphs are also shown for the relative...

Vectors *suitable for home teaching*

Mathcentre provide these resources which cover aspects of vectors and are suitable for students studying mathematics at A Level, as well as those students for whom mathematics is an integral part of their course. Some of the topics covered include an introduction to vectors, calculating the vector and scalar...

Electron Diffraction Tube

In this video, produced by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network and the Institute of Physics, Alom Shaha explains the elements of an electron diffraction tube and how to use one to demonstrate a diffraction pattern. The video is aimed at teachers but it could also be used with older students to...

Reaction Rates and Mechanisms *suitable for home teaching*

From Nelson Thornes, these resources help students to reinforce understanding about reaction rates, orders of reactions and the rate-determining step of a reaction. The activity challenges students to determine the order of a reaction from experimental data and deduce the reaction mechanism from this data. These...

F=ma in a Helicopter

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. F=ma in a Helicopter provides examples and ideas for A-level mathematics and physics students investigating what happens to packages hanging below a helicopter. The lesson plan describes an active lesson designed to promote discussion about what happens when the...

The Big Bang Lesson *suitable for home teaching*

The lesson activities and resources for 'The Big Bang Lesson' are provided here for teachers and lecturers to use in their own schools and colleges.

The lesson outline includes links to many of the presentation slides...

Model the Motion

In this activity from the Nuffield Foundation, students match descriptions of a variety of real scenarios involving motion with the corresponding velocity–time and displacement–time graphs. Several issues will be discussed while completing this task and students will also have to consider how realistic or...

Going Bananas about Radioactivity

This Catalyst article looks at how humans are exposed to radiation from many different sources, including food. The article describes the doses of radiation from sources such as:

  • building materials and rocks
  • bananas
  • bone scans
  • cosmic rays
  • radon gas

The...

Banana Blues

This article from Catalyst looks at the ageing process in bananas. As bananas age, spots develop on their skins. These contain fluorescent substances which can be seen with a UV torch.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2.

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pH Scale *suitable for home teaching*

This simulation allows students to test the pH of substances like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. It can be used to visualise the relative number of hydroxide ions and hydronium ions in solution, switch between logarithmic and linear scales, and investigate whether...

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