School of Physics and Astronomy

Teacher resources

Loaded Dice Activity

An  activity  on  hypothesis  testing  and  signals  vs  backgrounds  suitable  for students aged 14+ and at public events. Developed around Particle Physics, it could easily be applied to any topic which relies on statistical analysis.

Access the Windows application or spreadsheet versions with guides here.

EM Spectrum Communication Game

This demonstrates how we use electromagnetic waves to communicate through a game. Students encode a message onto a wave, relating this back to the underlying physics and the uses of different parts of the spectrum in communication.

See the video above and presentation file below for how to run. The activity uses the following resources:
EM Spectrum Communication Game Presentation [PPT 1,422KB]
Letter Codes [PDF 1,123KB]
Amplitude Worksheet [PDF 882KB]
Phase Worksheet [PDF 882KB]

Connect Physics

This SEPnet developed activity encourages students to think of the bigger picture connecting Physics to the real world, careers, and the scientific method. Register as a user to download the resources.

Lego Physics

Using LEGO┬« bricks to illustrate concepts in physics. Includes lesson plans, activity sheets and booklets covering curriculum-linked topics in radiation and particle physics.

Researching the unknown

A series of popular articles about their research by members of the School of Physics and Astronomy, appearing in the online magazine Plus.