Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
In this practical activity, students use F=ma to calculate the acceleration due to gravity and can investigate how the area of a parachute can affect the landing force of a space probe. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.
In this video, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Radmila demonstrates how the Doppler effect can be applied to finding planets orbiting distant stars in our galaxy called exoplanets. She carries out a short demo from which data can be collected and analysed and explains how these techniques can be applied to light and the hunt for exoplanets.
A classroom activity with instructions to accompany the video 'Alien worlds and the Doppler effect'.
Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Could life have evolved on other planets and if so where are they? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain how we might detect them in this video.
In this activity students use E = mc2 to calculate the amount of energy released from nuclear fusion reactions in the Sun. Accompanies the video 'How do we know how old the Sun is?'.
Students use Kepler's 3rd law and Saturn's orbit to calculate the mass of the Sun. Accompanies the video 'How do we know how old the Sun is?'.
An activity to motivate or reinforce learning about the electromagnetic spectrum in which students compare and contrast views of the Sun and the Milky Way Galaxy in different wavelengths of light.
Students calculate the mass of dark matter in the solar system and compare that to the amount of dark energy present. Accompanies the video 'How will the Universe end?'
Students use Kepler's 3rd law to calculate the mass of the supermassive black hole in the core of the Milky Way. Accompanies the video 'What's inside a black hole?'
A classroom activity in which students learn about the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces and how they are considered when designing a space probe to land safely on another planet or moon. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.