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The speed of electric current

There is a well-known statement that the speed of the electric current is equal to the speed of light and is 300 thousand kilometers per second. An electromagnetic wave travels in...

E=mc² - a note on units

In my last post, I talked about some of the problems A Level Physics students encounter in mass-energy (E=mc2) calculations. In passing, I mentioned use of unfamiliar units during ...

Mass Defect and Binding Energy

E = mc is the most famous equation of all time. It has become an icon of science, of knowledge and of learning, way beyond its origins in Einstein s work and its applications in...

Curriculum teaching on ‘the Universe’

The topic is ordered in a fashion which presents a narrative which echoes the historical development of our understanding of the universe. This makes good sense since students start...

The A-Level Physics Grade Boost Programme

Physics can be a hard subject for many students; even the most able can struggle with certain aspects of the course. It can be even harder identifying what needs to be done to imp...

Answering ‘why’ questions in science: A common mistake and how to avoid it.

In my experience, teaching at university s as well as at other levels, one of the main ways many people lose marks when taking science exams is not answering the question which has ...

Velocity Time Graphs

On a speed/time graph: a) how would a constant deceleration be illustrated? b) how would you use the graph to calculate total distance travelled? To be able to answer this question, y...

The Multiverse.

In the beginning it was simple. We lived on a perfect plane laid out under the heavens or, later in our history, a round orb at the centre of the universe. We discovered other worl...

Why Pluto is not a planet

We ve all grown up learning that there were nine planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Perhaps you even learned saying...

So you want to do a degree in Physics?

So you want to do a degree in Physics?Don t rush the decision.Physics qualifications are highly valued in the job market, but that isn t a good reason to choose to study it. Ultimatel...
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