Investigating the Physics Universe
Welcome to the experimental academy!
During this course you will delve deep into the joys and universality of physics. You will learn how to conduct some of the most fascinating experiments using the resources you have to hand, your imagination and a rigorous scientific methodology. You will experience the power of the scientific model... quite literally!
Our world is full of patterns. If you pour milk into your tea and give it a stir, you'll see a swirl, a spiral of two fluids, before the two liquids mix completely. The same pattern is found elsewhere too. Look down on the Earth from space, and you'll find similar swirls in the clouds, made where warm air and cold air waltz. Together we may investigate what pop corn can tell us about the laws of thermodynamics, what a CD and later pointer can tell us about the wave nature of light*, how a toy car can lead us to Newton’s equations of rectilinear motion. The choice will always be yours!
This course links the little things we see every day with the big world we live in. Each day will begin with something small - popcorn, coffee stains and refrigerator magnets - and uses it to explain some of the most important science and technology of our time.
This is physics as the toolbox of science - a toolbox we need in order to make sense of what is around us and arrive at decisions about the future, from medical advances to solving our future energy needs. It is also physics as the toy box of science: physics as fun, as never before.
* or does light consist of particles?