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Flight Charges

Countries charge for planes to fly through their airspace even if the plane does not land. Different countries levy different charges, therefore plane companies consider a number of different routes and calculate the associated charges with each route. The formula used to fly over Europe is considered and an...

Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if there are any...

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...

Students' Guide to Controlled Assessment

The guide to controlled assessment covers the following areas: - What is controlled assessment in GCSE Astronomy? - Guidance for designing observations - Guidance for making observations - Guidance for analysing observations - Guidance for evaluating your project - Presenting your final report - Useful dos and dont...

Networks

This series of five one-hour lessons covers computer networks at secondary-school level. The objectives of the lessons are: *Describe what a network is, the difference between a LAN and a WAN and identify three network topologies. *Describe pieces of hardware that are needed in a network. *Explain what an IP...

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...

A Level Performance Descriptors: Chemistry 1999

Produced in 1999, these performance descriptors for chemistry at AS and A2 levels were written to indicate the level of attainment characteristic of grades A/B and E/U boundary candidates across a series of assessment objectives. It was intended that they should be interpreted in relation to the content outlined in...

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