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Topic Guide: Physics

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    • Physics topics covered here include: science museums, energy, forces and motion, electricity and magnets, properties and materials, magnets and space.

      Science museums

       The Science Museum in London is a great place to start learning about science, not just physics but chemistry and biology too. They have lots of resources about important scientists as well as amazing artefacts from the world of science.

      Thinktank in Birmingham is another fantastic science museum. The team here at Show Me HQ really enjoys having a go at Thinktank’s Experiment of the Month.

      Energy

       Energy is used to power things. The Science Museum has a useful page that can help you discover lots of information about energy and even some great games about energy too.

      Forces and motion

       One way to see forces in action is to get experimenting! Thinktank have lots of experiments that you can do at home that demonstrate how forces work.

      Electricity and magnets

       We use electricity every day. It powers everything from light bulbs to computers and most things in between. Speaking of light bulbs, have you seen this ornate example from the Museum of London?

      People have been using magnets for centuries, and not just to see how many paperclips they can pick up at once. Magnets have been used to help with navigation, and you can see an example of a magnetic compass at Royal Museums Greenwich.

      Matter

       Different things have different properties depending on what they are made of, these experiments from Thinktank will help you learn about the different ways solids, liquids and gases behave.

      All things are made up of atoms, you can see what an atom looks like with this atomic model from the science museum. If you want to find out more about John Dalton, the person who developed atomic theory, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI for short) has put this fact file together.

      Space

       Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Did you know that there is a live-feed from a camera on the International Space Station that lets you see Earth from an astronaut’s perspective? It’s almost like being in space.

      We don’t have to travel to space to get close to it, sometimes it comes to us. You can see a meteorite at the Natural History Museum and find out more about them on the museum’s website.

      If you want to get closer to an actual space ship, the Science Museum has the Apollo 10 spaceship on display. Show Me has spoken to the curator who looks after the spaceship and you can read about what he says about his favourite object here.

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