Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
Calculating Gravity in the Universe
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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?'.
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Students calculate the Schwarzschild radius of a black hole with the same mass as the Earth and one with the mass of the Milky Way. Accompanies the video 'What's inside a black hole?'
Calculating where Space begins
In this classroom activity students use real data with the physics of forces and circular motion to calculate the altitude at which space begins.
Image of a bodice, a piece of clothing worn by women and girls. It is made from a material called calico which is a type of cotton.
Image of a cannon unlike most cannons this small cannon is different because it can turn round on its stand to point in any direction. This cannon is good for shooting at pirates trying to get on board the ship.
An iron ball found in Norfolk. Iron and stone balls would be fired from the cannons on a ship. We don’t know if it was ever fired.
Lieutenant William Bligh (1754– 1817) and 18 companions were thrown off their by mutineers and left in a small boat with little to eat or drink. These three objects were used to make sure every man got a fair share of food and water.
Video of Ruth Battersby Tooke, Curator of Costume and Textiles talking about Captain Calico Jack an English pirate from the 1600s.