Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Investigate some of the issues raised by Geiger and Marsden's famous scattering experiment in which they fired alpha particles at a sheet of gold.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms
An article about the kind of maths a first year undergraduate in physics, engineering and other physical sciences courses might encounter. The aim is to highlight the link between particular maths. . . .
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Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?
Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source supply?
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.
Follow in the steps of Newton and find the path that the earth follows around the sun.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
Find the equation from which to calculate the resistance of an infinite network of resistances.
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the approximate simple pendulum
Can you arrange a set of charged particles so that none of them start to move when released from rest?