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Applied Physics (hopefully Flight) and Atomic and Nuclear Energy (and some history!).

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  • Posted on: 16 March 2021
  • By: gregoryoneill
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In this term we'll do the two internals we're going to do this year. Atomic and Nuclear and an Applied Context.

Lord Ernest Rutherford did a large amount of his work here at UC before moving to Oxford (UK, not the one in Canterbury). He is most famous for splitting the Atom, but his second most famous experiment produced our first look at the model of an atom. We're going to look at the evidence he used to make his model and how he came to his conclusions.

We'll also have a look at Nuclear fusion and fission energy, and why there's so much more energy in the nucleus than those pesky electrons. We'll leave them to the chemists.

Apart from basic logic there's very little Maths involved in this standard, but it helps if you can count balls - (Protons and Neutrons).

For the Applied Context we've previously used flight and this has been popular with students. It works well with Level 2 Physics concepts and has allowed us to take a brief flight to extend that context and learn about what that means in practice. However if you have a passion for another idea that works with Level 2 Physics concepts I can support that too.

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