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Lab Salsa and Gender Feedback 11 March 2017

We have many different theme weeks at RCN and this week was no exception, in fact we had 2 themes. Gender week and feedback week. Important not to get them confused. I made sure that I told my students... more

Love at first sight 3 March 2017

Here two Marias are acting out a strong interaction. They liken it to the attraction between two individuals with very poor eyesight. Wandering round for ages without spotting each other until almost... more

How does the virtual tutor work? 18 February 2017

It's not easy to explain so I made a video showing one of the paths through a learning network on the gas laws. Basically you start with a problem and are guided through by asking and... more

New revision aid for students 15 February 2017

It's a year since I had the idea to create a virtual tutor for teaching how to solve physics problems but now it's ready to be tested. We had to design a whole new way to make the pages but now have an... more

Thankyou thermodynamics 8 February 2017

It's been a very mild winter but not mild enough to halve our electricity bill, that´s due to the heat pump we had installed before Christmas. Our house is way warmer but costs less. OK, the heat pump... more

You nit 1 February 2017

My physics teacher was a Grimsby town supported, his name was Mr Cheetham. He wore a tweed jacket with elbow patches and was obsessed with units. If we got the units wrong on our homework he'd write "You... more

Networking 20 January 2017

The question looks quite straightforwardA 1000 kg car travels up a 15° Hill at a constant speed of 80 kmh-1. Calculate the power of the engine (ignore resistive forces). But when broken down into a network... more

keep your eye on the pig 12 January 2017

Always worth timing many cycles when trying to find out the time period but maybe timing the same one over and over again is not going to improve the accuracy of the experiment.Interesting how the simple... more

Pigs in orbit 11 January 2017

Its pig time again.Ilaria is measuring the height of the pig above the ground but first she has to catch it. Might have been easier to wait for the pig to fly past rather than chasing after it. Reminds... more

Hat last 25 December 2016

I've been dropping hints all these years but eventually I got one and its a whoppa. Too big for the photo. Quite timely since I've just made a worksheet on Relativistic mechanics including the Mexican... more