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Solar Power for Exploration Challenge

From NASA, Solar Energy for Space Exploration is a problem-based learning activity. The project requires students to propose and defend a design to provide power to a lunar or Martian research base for six astronauts. To prepare for the final project, students investigate the variables that affect the operation of...
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Space-based Astronomy Educator Guide

These resources from NASA look at why telescopes are put into space. Students build simple spectroscopes and telescopes to learn the answer to this question. This educator guide is divided into units of study that include science demonstrations, lesson plans and student sheets so that students may learn about Earth's...
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Episode 538: Electron Scattering

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students follow work on Rutherford scattering to look at diffraction graphs and calculate nuclear diameters. The activities include: * student experiment using an optical analogue to show diffraction around spherical objects * diffraction graphs *...
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Episode 539: Deep Inelastic Scattering

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students use an analogue experiment to illustrate electron scattering by quarks. In the model, magnets are concealed in a box. Their poles represent ‘charges’ which are probed using a freely-suspended magnet. This helps to demonstrate that each of the scattered...
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Episode 510: Properties of Radiations

In this learning episode from the Institute of Physics, the properties of ionizing radiation are introduced through a consideration of safety. Students consider the ionising property of different radiations in relation to how this makes them dangerous to living things. They see that radiation with sufficient...
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Episode 511: Absorption Experiments

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students investigate the absorption of radiation and how this can be illustrated experimentally. The investigations look at sources of alpha and beta radiation. A model, looking at the absorption of light as it passes through successive microscope slides, is...
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Episode 607: Specific Heat Capacity

This learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, guide students to measure specific heat capacities experimentally and then see how energy must be supplied (or rejected) to increase (or decrease) the temperature of a material. Calculations are used to quantify the processes.The activities look at:* energy and...
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Episode 608: Latent Heat

In this learning episode, produced by the Institute of Physics, students investigate how energy is involved in changes of phase, even though there is no change of temperature.Using discussion, examples and experiments, students look at:* defining specific latent heat* examining the changes as water boils* measuring...
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Episode 406: Fields, Field Lines and Equipotentials

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode introduce students to electric fields, field lines and equipotentials. Similarities with gravitational fields are highlighted, but with the need to take account of the of charge. The activities include: • discussion and demonstration of field lines •...
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Episode 412: Force on a Conductor in a Magnetic Field

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students look at how a magnetic field can be quantified by measuring the force on a conductor. It illustrates how Flemming's left hand rule can be used to find the direction of the force. The activities include: investigating the relationship between force...
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