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Big Questions For The Future Lecture Series
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This series looks at the Oxford Martin School's academics and how their ...

This series looks at the Oxford Martin School's academics and how their research is making a difference to our global future. The series will be of interest to people who are concerned about the future for the planet, how civilisation will adapt to emerging problems and issues such as climate change, over population, increased urbanisation of populations and the creation of vaccines to fight against future pandemics. The Oxford Martin School academics explain their various research topics in an accessible and thoughtful way and try to find practical solutions to these issues.

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Information Science
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Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Colin Goding|Ian Goldin|Adrian Hill|Angela McClean|Katherine Willis|Robyn Norton|Sonia Contera|Pedro Ferreira|Steve Rayner
Physics for Future Presidents Spring, 2006
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Physics for Future Presidents Spring, 2006. The title is serious. The official ...

Physics for Future Presidents Spring, 2006. The title is serious. The official designation is Physics 10 and is sometimes called qualitative physics -- but this is not trivial physics. You will be learning material that is generally not learned by the physicist until after earning a Ph.D. After every lecture, you should come away with the feeling that what was just covered is important for every world leader to know. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.

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Physics
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Full Course
Lecture
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U.C. Berkeley
Provider Set:
U.C. Berkeley Webcast
Author:
Richard Muller
Visualizing the Expansion of Space
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This is an activity about the expansion of the Universe. Learners will ...

This is an activity about the expansion of the Universe. Learners will use a special set of transparency and master sheets with dots representing clusters of galaxies at two different eras of the Universe's history. After aligning the transparency and underlying page, learners then observe and measure clusters moving away from particular locations, graph their data, compute a slope and relate the slope to the age of the Universe. This is Activity H-6 as part of The Universe At Your Fingertips 2.0 curriculum, available for purchase on DVD.

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Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Simulation
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Build an Atom
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Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how ...

Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Then play a game to test your ideas!

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Chemistry
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Barbera, Jack
Blanco, John
Brahmia, Suzanne
ChemEd DL
Jack Barbera
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
Kelly Lancaster
Lancaster, Kelly
Loeblein, Patricia
Parson, Robert
Patricia Loeblein
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado
Reid, Sam
Robert Parson
Sam Reid
Suzanne Brahmia
Nuclear Fission
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Start a chain reaction, or introduce non-radioactive isotopes to prevent one. Control ...

Start a chain reaction, or introduce non-radioactive isotopes to prevent one. Control energy production in a nuclear reactor! (Previously part of the Nuclear Physics simulation - now there are separate Alpha Decay and Nuclear Fission sims.)

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Blanco, John
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
LeMaster, Ron
McKagan, Sam
National Science Foundation
Noah Podolefsky
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Podolefsky, Noah
Ron LeMaster
Sam McKagan
Wendy Adams
Wieman, Carl
Universe Discovery Guides
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These guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than ...

These guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than 20 NASA astrophysics missions and programs. The twelve guides - one for each month - contain a science topic, an interpretive story, a sky object to view with finding charts, hands-on activities, and connections to NASA science. The guides are modular, so that educators can use the portions that are the most useful for their audiences/events. Following is the theme for each month: January - Betelgeuse, February - Orion Nebula, March - Pleiades, April - Pollux; May - Hubble Deep Field, June - Hercules Cluster, July - Ring Nebula & Veil Nebula, August - The Search for Habitable Worlds, September - Milky Way Galaxy, October - Upsilon Andromedae, November - Andromeda Galaxy, and December - Crab Nebula.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Astrophysics I, Spring 2006
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Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. ...

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. Stellar structure equations and survey of stellar evolution. Stellar oscillations. Degenerate and collapsed stars; radio pulsars. Interacting binary systems; accretion disks, x-ray sources. Gravitational lenses; dark matter. Interstellar medium: HII regions, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, dust; radiative transfer; Jeans' mass; star formation. High-energy astrophysics: Compton scattering, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, cosmic rays. Galactic stellar distributions and populations; Oort constants; Oort limit; and globular clusters.

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Astronomy
Physics
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Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Chakrabarty, Deepto
Astrophysics II, Fall 2004
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Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups ...

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups and clusters; dark matter. Intergalactic medium; x-ray clusters. Active galactic nuclei: unified models, black hole accretion, radio and optical jets, etc. Homogeneity and isotropy, redshift, galaxy distance ladder. Newtonian cosmology. Roberston-Walker models and cosmography. Early universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, recombination. Cosmic microwave background radiation. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation.

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Astronomy
Physics
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Full Course
Textbook
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schechter, Paul
Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2006
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This course includes Quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, ...

This course includes Quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, interstellar medium, the Galaxy, and Universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models. Topics: planets, planet formation; stars, the Sun, "normal" stars, star formation; stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), plusars, binary X-ray sources; star clusters, globular and open clusters; interstellar medium, gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays; distance ladder; galaxies, normal and active galaxies, jets; gravitational lensing; large scaling structure; Newtonian cosmology, dynamical expansion and thermal history of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; big-bang nucleosynthesis. No prior knowledge of astronomy necessary. Not usable as a restricted elective by physics majors.

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rappaport, Saul
Science of NFL Football: Projectile Motion & Parabolas
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NBC's Lester Holt looks at the science of projectile motion and parabolas ...

NBC's Lester Holt looks at the science of projectile motion and parabolas with the help of former NFL punter Craig Hentrich. NSF-funded scientists Jim Gates from the University of Maryland and John Ziegert of Clemson University, and NSF-funded mathematician Rhonda Hughes from Bryn Mawr College, explain the significance of vertical and horizontal velocity on the trajectory every time an NFL punter kicks a football into the sky. "Science of NFL Football" is a 10-part video series funded by the National Science Foundation and produced in partnership with the National Football League.

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Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
NBC Learn
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Science of NFL Football
Author:
National Football League
National Science Foundation
NBC Learn
Astrophysics Science and Technology Project: Integrating Research and Education (ASPIRE)
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The ASPIRE Lab is now one of the most innovative and interactive ...

The ASPIRE Lab is now one of the most innovative and interactive science education websites available on the Internet. You will find not only fun interactive labs, but well designed and produced curriculum content, created by teachers for teachers. The powerful combination of inquiry-based content, along with interactive, hands-on labs provides a powerful visualization tool for you and your students to use. Best of all, the ASPIRE Lab is free!

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Physics
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Activity/Lab
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University of Utah
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ASPIRE
Can you Planet?
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This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the ...

This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the provided information about each planet in order to make graphs and Venn diagrams. Then, using both, learners will identify similarities and differences of the planets in the Solar System. This is Activity C-11 as part of The Universe At Your Fingertips curriculum, available for purchase.

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Science of NFL Football: Kinematics - Position, Velocity & Acceleration
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NBC's Lester Holt and former NFL running back Deuce McAllister explore kinematics ...

NBC's Lester Holt and former NFL running back Deuce McAllister explore kinematics on the playing field. NSF-funded scientists Tony Schmitz from the University of Florida and John Ziegert of Clemson University explain how the kinematic concepts of position, velocity and acceleration can be used to define how a running back moves. "Science of NFL Football" is a 10-part video series funded by the National Science Foundation and produced in partnership with the National Football League.

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Physics
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Lecture
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
NBC Learn
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Science of NFL Football
Author:
National Football League
National Science Foundation
NBC Learn
Photoelectric Effect
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See how light knocks electrons off a metal target, and recreate the ...

See how light knocks electrons off a metal target, and recreate the experiment that spawned the field of quantum mechanics.

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
Kathy Perkins
LeMaster, Ron
McKagan, Sam
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Ron LeMaster
Sam McKagan
Wieman, Carl
Neon Lights & Other Discharge Lamps
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Produce light by bombarding atoms with electrons. See how the characteristic spectra ...

Produce light by bombarding atoms with electrons. See how the characteristic spectra of different elements are produced, and configure your own element's energy states to produce light of different colors.

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
Kathy Perkins
Lemaster, Ron
McKagan, Sam
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Ron LeMaster
Sam McKagan
Wieman, Carl
Quantum Wave Interference
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When do photons, electrons, and atoms behave like particles and when do ...

When do photons, electrons, and atoms behave like particles and when do they behave like waves? Watch waves spread out and interfere as they pass through a double slit, then get detected on a screen as tiny dots. Use quantum detectors to explore how measurements change the waves and the patterns they produce on the screen.

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
Kathy Perkins
McKagan, Sam
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Reid, Sam
Sam McKagan
Sam Reid
Wendy Adams
Wieman, Carl
Quantum Tunneling
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Delve into a microscopic world working with models that show how electron ...

Delve into a microscopic world working with models that show how electron waves can tunnel through certain types of barriers. Learn about the novel devices and apparatuses that have been invented using this concept. Discover how tunneling makes it possible for computers to run faster and for scientists to look more deeply into the microscopic world.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
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The microscopic world is full of phenomena very different from what we ...

The microscopic world is full of phenomena very different from what we see in everyday life. Some of those phenomena can only be explained using quantum mechanics. This activity introduces basic quantum mechanics concepts about electrons that are essential to understanding modern and future technology, especially nanotechnology. Start by exploring probability distribution, then discover the behavior of electrons with a series of simulations.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Data Set
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Concord Consortium
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Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
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The Concord Consortium
Cold War Science, Fall 2008
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" This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War ...

" This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on American science. It explores scientist's new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti Communism. It also examines the changing institutions in which the physical sciences and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating possible epistemic effects on forms of knowledge. The subject closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold War era."

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kaiser, David
Wave Interference
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Make waves with a dripping faucet, audio speaker, or laser! Add a ...

Make waves with a dripping faucet, audio speaker, or laser! Add a second source or a pair of slits to create an interference pattern.

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
Noah Podolefsky
PhET Interactive Simulations
Podolefsky, Noah
Reid, Sam
Sam Reid
Wendy Adams