Month: February 2017

Pythagorean Astronomy: Backyard Worlds

Posted on 28 February 2017 by Chris North

February saw the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Rocket from Launchpad 39A – the same launchpad used by the Apollo missions and the Space Shuttle. In this month’s Pythagorean Astronomy, Edward Gomez and Chris North discuss these impressive structures along with the study of a supernova (the explosive death of a massive star) just hours
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Welsh Teachers Reach for the Stars

Posted on 22 February 2017 by Sarah Roberts

The largest teacher-training event ever run by the School of Physics and Astronomy was held on Friday 3rd February with 30 welsh teachers receiving new activities, interactive resources and digital technologies for the classroom. A second event took place at the Centre for Alternative Technology on Thursday 9th February, inviting educators from schools in North,
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Calling All Science Teachers!

Posted on 21 February 2017 by Matthew Fleet

Fancy some new GCSE physics and astronomy learning materials on the topic of redshift? I am a third year physics undergraduate, doing my independent research project on the teaching of physics and astronomy at GCSE level. The designing of learning materials has lead me to investigate the impacts of the exam board systems in England
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A Physics Puzzle

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Chris North

There are quite a lot of physics puzzles and brain-teasers out there about physics, but here’s one we quite liked. It requires you to know a little bit about pendulums – which is normally covered in A/S-level physics (or equivalent). We’ll post the solution on 15th March 2017 – so make sure to check back then!
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