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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

A profile of female astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin who's PhD thesis related the differentl classes of stars to their temperatures.

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Heike Kamerlingh-Onnes

Heike Kamerlingh-Onnes (1853 - 1916) received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1913 for his investigations on the properties of matter at low temperatures which led to the production of liquid helium.

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The first steps in making real ale

Physicist Rik Sargent meets Andy Moffat, a real ale brewer in North London with Redemption Brewing. They discuss the science involved in controlling the taste and colour of beer, focusing on the ...

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Edward Mills Purcell

Edward Mills Purcell (1911 - 1997) worked in the field of nuclear magnetism, with particular interest in relaxation phenomena, related problems of molecular structure, measurement of atomic ...

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Do students think that water moves differently depending on its temperature? A preparatory resource aimed at teachers

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Liquid Helium

Kamerlingh Onnes worked for many years to liquify the element which persisted as a gas to the lowest temperature.

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The Air Is There (Air and Temperature)

What will happen to the bounciness of a ball if you cool it down or heat it up? Includes suggested learning outcomes and links for teachers.

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Kinetic theory simulation

The site gives a practical demonstration on the collisions between gas molecules by varying the temperature and volume. Java applet.

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Firewalking Myth vs Physics

A quirky example of heat insulation. It emphasises the difference between thermal energy and temperature. Includes video clips.

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Ising model

Simulates the behaviour of simple magnets. Allows you to choose initial temperature, gives a visual picture of the changing spins and calculates energy and magnetization.

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