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

Demonstrations for the Christmas Dinner Table

In this National STEM Learning Centre and Network video, Simon Quinnell demonstrates four experiments, with the theme of Christmas, that teachers can do in the school laboratory.

These are:* Tea bag convection - see how a burning teabag mysteriously rises on convection currents in the air around it.* The...

Primary Science Activities for Winter

In this National STEM Learning Centre and Network video, Zoe Crompton shows two activities that primary teachers can use in the winter. Each one involves using snow or ice. The first activity is inspired by the question "Why do we put salt on the roads?" It demonstrates a fair test to compare the effectiveness of...

Episode 207: Projectile Motion

This learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, looks at the independence of vertical and horizontal motion. The crucial concept is that vertical acceleration does not affect horizontal velocity. This explains all projectile motion.

There are a range of activities which include:
• demonstrating...

Episode 209: Drag, Air Resistance, Terminal Velocity

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode considers the forces acting on a falling body in air and moves on to related experimental work.

The activities include:
• demonstrating the motion of falling bodies
• understanding upthrust
• investigating air resistance using falling...

Episode 216: Energy Changes

This learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, looks at kinetic energy, work and velocity in relation to the braking distance of a vehicle.

Two experiments are included, both of which connect work done in braking to the initial kinetic energy of the decelerating vehicle.

The activities...

Episode 227: Hooke’s Law

In this learning episode from the Institute of Physics, students use Hooke's law to demonstrate the strength and stiffness of materials when subject to linear tensile or compressive forces.

The activities include:
• recap of Hooke's law
• explaining tension and extension in a variety of...

Episode 104: Drift Velocity

From the Institute of Physics, this learning episode shows that charge carriers in good conductors usually move very slowly. It illustrates the derivation and use of the equation I = nAvq.

A range of activities include:
• viewing the movement of permanganate ions in an electric field
•...

Episode 108: Resistance

From the Institute of Physics, this learning episode provides a quantitative definition for resistance (R = V / I) which reinforces the qualitative notion that more resistance means less current. It looks at Ohm’s law, describing that this is not the same thing as the definition of resistance.

Activities...

Episode 123: Alternating Current

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode helps students to distinguish alternating from direct currents before revising why alternating current (ac) is so important.

The range of activities include:
• demonstrating the output of a generator
• measuring alternating current with a...

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