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Defying Gravity

The 2013 Institute of Physics Schools Lecture - Defying Gravity: Laura Thomas, an independent science communicator with a background in astrophysics, talks about the physics of space flight. She explains how studying physics and mathematics could help towards a career in space. Magnets in space: The astronaut...

Medicine Makers

A hands-on practical activity that illustrates drug-target interactions and  looks at the actions of some common painkillers.

Created by the Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society. Download the resource booklet here.

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...

The Big Bang Lesson

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 used by Professor Cox in his lesson, and also to clips from Professor Cox's STAR...

Light Fantastic: the Science of Colour

Light fantastic is the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges Lecture that was presented during 2007. The hour-long lecture is aimed at students aged 14 to 16 years but will also be of interest to older students.

The lecture illustrates the importance of light and colour. From observing and...

Rock in 11 Dimensions

Rock in 11 dimensions: where physics and guitars collide is the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges Lecture from 2008. The hour-long lecture is aimed at students aged 14 to 16 but it will also be of interest to students of other ages.

This lecture is loud! It features rock guitar,...

Powering the Future

Powering the Future is one of the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges Lectures. This lecture was first delivered in 2010. It is aimed at students aged 14 to 16 but will be of interest to other ages.

Powering the future looks at: * The physics behind fusion reactions that power the Sun. * How...

Physics - Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)

From the Integrating Mathematical Problem Solving project by MEI, this series of activities explores how mechanical oscillations are important in many areas of everyday life. Sometimes they are useful, for example the motion of the suspension on a car, sometimes they are fun, for example a fairground 'pirate ship'...

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