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by Thomas W-P
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 16. The Vacuum Cannon!
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Views: 84

16. The Vacuum Cannon!

( Original post plus listen to podcast ) Thomas, Robin and Patrick Kaplo discuss the amazing vacuum cannon and how it can be used to make physics thrilling. The cannon is now available in the shop. Buy it and you’ll be supporting the podcast while you have a BLAST! It is half term next week in the U...
by Thomas W-P
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 15. Water, Waves and Woodlice
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Views: 21

15. Water, Waves and Woodlice

( Original show notes and listen to podcast ) Sea slugs use physics to move up to 90 km a day. Who’d have known? In the main body of the podcast Robin talks to Nicky Thomas about teaching diffraction. She has much to share so we released an extended interview podcast Finally woodlice can also assist...
by Thomas W-P
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 14. Cataracts, Cameras and (CERN) Competitions
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Views: 20

14. Cataracts, Cameras and (CERN) Competitions

Original show notes and listen to podcast Thomas and Robin respond to a request from a listener and investigate the BL4S Competition run by CERN. Win an all expenses trip to a high energy beam lab where you will be supported to do your own experiment. They also announce the subject of the next “Way...
by Thomas W-P
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Physics Teaching
Topic: Vacuum Cannon
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Vacuum Cannon

This has been mentioned by Patrick Kaplow, and we are working towards it. As of today we have all the bits!
by Thomas W-P
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 13. Lasers, Labs and a Large(r) hadron collider
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Views: 28

13. Lasers, Labs and a Large(r) hadron collider

( Original post and listen to the podcast ) Thomas and Robin had such fun talking to Patrick Kaplo (Episode 11) from Windham, New Hampshire that we talked to him again about his Challenge Labs. These are graded practicals where there is a one-shot event at the end of the practical that gives you you...
by Thomas W-P
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 12. SHRINK-RAYS, SPECTRUM AND STRING…
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Views: 28

12. SHRINK-RAYS, SPECTRUM AND STRING…

Original show notes plus listen to podcast Thomas and Robin discuss why – when they are less likely than a podcast from the gym in January – media are still obsessed with Shrink Rays and mysterious (not Alien) Space signals. They soon move onto far more entertaining matters as they talk about teach...
by Thomas W-P
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 11. Poppers, Pendulums and Pond-hopping
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Views: 28

11. Poppers, Pendulums and Pond-hopping

Original Show Notes with links (plus listen to podcast) The days are getting longer, and the monster Christmas term is behind us. Thomas and Robin refuse to let January blues dull the joy of physics teaching as they kick 2019 off with a cracker (pun intended). Two kinematic experiments are the focu...
by Thomas W-P
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 10. Ways to teach... Electricity
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Views: 40

10. Ways to teach... Electricity

Original Show Notes with links (plus listen to podcast) Merry Christmas Physics teachers! In a bumper festive edition, Thomas and Robin have rounded up your ideas and tips on how to teach electricity. It’s quite rare to reach a clear conclusion in a discussion of teaching, but there was consensus t...
by Thomas W-P
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Physics Teaching
Topic: HOWTO: The Rope Model of Electricity
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Views: 65

HOWTO: The Rope Model of Electricity

In the next podcast we inevitably talk about the rope model. I tried it a few times in the past and hated it 😝. It was only in making the podcast that I finally understood how to do it and how good it is. Not knowing how to do it is as much a function of my comfort with the donation model as it is m...
by Thomas W-P
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Podcasts
Topic: 9. Mentors, Motors and Merch
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Views: 48

9. Mentors, Motors and Merch

Original Show Notes (plus listen to podcast) Robin hadn’t heard about the recent Falcon landing failure so Thomas filled him in. Cutting-edge space technology is still frontier science: we need your students to be the engineers of tomorrow! Regular listeners will know how much Matt Groening influen...