The science that started it all. Physics is the study of measurement of everything in our universe from sub atomic particles to solar systems and galaxies.
We have had some fun with making films but the science is accurate and our videos will really help you to understand the rules that govern the movement of everything in the Universe.
But if you are going to understand measurement, the first things you need to know are the standard units of measurement or SI Units. We made this film on SI Units as part of our internship at the Academy at the National Physical Laboratory.
As the UK’s National Measurement Institute, the NPL is a great place to learn about Physics, and as an extension of the work we did at the NPL we took a more detailed look at each of the SI Units individually. Take a look at the Introduction to SI Units below, then click on each of the links to see films on the individual SI units, and on some of the Derived Units in current use.
So now you’ve got the basics, let’s move on into some of the other topics you will be covering in your GCSE Physics.
Sometimes it only takes just one extra neutron to make an atom decay and give out radioactive emissions. In this section we take a look at radioactivity. We will start by looking at what makes atoms radioactively decay, move on to explain the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, and finish off by explaining what a half-life is, and the practical applications of radioactive isotopes. Just click on each of the topic headings to see our video on the subject.
- The structure of atoms and an introduction to isotopes
- Nuclear Fission
- Nuclear Fusion
- Half Life
- The Uses of Radioactive Isotopes
During the course of our filming, we have been fortunate to meet some impressive scientists who have agreed to talk with us about their specific areas of expertise. Take a look at some of our Physics focused interviews below.
Imperial’s Professor Steve Schwartz explains the importance of the Rosetta Project
Dr Simon Foster from Imperial College demonstrates the power of superconductors
Star in a Jar – Science Rocks meets Jamie Edwards, the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion.