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2017 Advent Calendar of Fascinating Websites – Day 21 – Phocus on Physics

Phun with Physics!

Veritasium YouTube Channel offers science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, and science discussions with the public about everything science – check out their work on the header video.



A Capella Science  If you’ve flicked through my previous posts at Young Thinkers Guild then you will have seen that I have linked to A Capella Science in the past.  He has a great way of taking major science concepts and turning them into incredible songs that really explain the concept.



In one of his videos Defining Gravity (Wicked Parody feat. Dianna Cowern & Malinda Kathleen Reese) he is joined by Dianna Cowern, “Physics Girl” creator of fun physics video blogs that really help explain the concepts, some with experiments you can do for yourself, like How to Make a Cloud in Your Mouth http://physicsgirl.org/



https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics In Minute Physics they use hand-drawn animations in timelapse to explain concepts. Why spend your whole life watching physics videos? Each of these clips is only a minute long!

Click on the Random Physics  website – you never know what you’ll find!


For those looking for a few more “serious” physics links. You could:

Join the Institute of Physics – it is completely free for 16-19 year old students, (unless you want paper copies of the monthly ‘Physics World’ magazine).  Receive monthly updates on the latest physics news, and read in-depth articles about current cutting-edge physics topics. https://applications.iop.org/16to19.aspx

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics
Institute of Physics “Schools Lecture series” presented by experts in physics for A level students. http://www.iop.org/resources/videos/education/

Register for a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), a brilliant way to access high quality physics courses

Open Learn http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/physics-and-astronomy/physics
Future Learn https://www.futurelearn.com/
42 Online Physics Courses You Can Take For Free: https://www.class-central.com/report/physics-free-online-courses/

Or you could just let your computer do the work for you by lending it to SETI@home the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyses radio telescope data. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

What would a little “phun with physics” be without a few jokes? Here are a few to get you started:

Q: Why is a physics book always unhappy? A: Because it always has lots of problems

Q: How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Eleven. One to do it and ten to co-author the paper.

Q: How many theoretical physicists specializing in general relativity does it take to change a light bulb? A: Two. One to hold the bulb and one to rotate the universe.

Q: What is a physicist’s favourite food? A: Fission chips

Q: Two cats are on a roof. Which one slides off first? strong>A: The one with the smaller mew!

Q: Where does bad light end up? A: In a prism.

A neutron walked into a bar and asked, “How much for a drink?” The bartender replied, “For you, no charge.”

Q: When was Heisenberg born? A: Oh, that’s very uncertain.

Einstein developed a theory about space. And it was about time too!

Q: Why can’t you trust an atom? A: They make up everything.

Entropy isn’t what it used to be…

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