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Circular motion: two balls in circular track (air resistance)

This video from the International Space Station (ISS), shows two balls moving on a circular track, at first the video is sped up but then plays in real time.  The small ball catches up on the large ball because of the larger air resistance on the large ball.  The large ball eventually leaves the track because of...

Circular motion: horizontal ball in a hoop (Tim holding)

Circular motion: horizontal ball in a hoop (Tim holding)

Circular motion: ball in a circular hoop (x-t graph - damping)

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The...

Circular motion: ball on tether released (vertical plane)

Circular motion: ball on tether released (vertical plane)

Circular motion: spinning ball on a string then released (y-t graph)

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software...

Circular motion: ball on a tether released (horizontal plane)

Ball on a tether released (horizontal plane)

Spinning ball on a string then released (x-t graph)

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are...

Astronaut reaction speed

This activity includes a game-based approach to measuring reaction speed. Fast reflexes are vital to astronauts who may need to deal with rapidly escalating incidents and high-speed projectiles.

The effect of distraction on reaction speed is investigated – students collect multiple readings and take averages...

Astro Academy: Principia - careers

This video features Anu Ohja talking about the growth of the UK space sector and the involvement in of the UK in human spaceflight.

Astro Academy: Principia - gravity

This video explains the concept of gravity and why everything on the International Space Station appears to float.

Prepare your own Solar Cell

Renewable energy is generally considered as being from an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. Most renewable forms of energy, other than geothermal and wave power, ultimately come from the sun. Visible light can be converted directly...

Plotting the Rotation Curve of M31

In this activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, students use real data, taken from a scientific paper, to plot the rotational curve of M31 (Andromeda), our neighbouring spiral galaxy. They will look at Kepler’s third law to predict the motion of stars around the centre of M31. They will then measure the...

Planet Density

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use iron and sand to model the composition of the Earth and estimate what fraction of the Earth is occupied by its iron core. After completing this activity, students should be able to: *Measure mass and volume. *Calculate density from mass and volume...

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