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Online Resources for Schools

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Online Homework Exercises

The Lancaster Physics Department is collaborating with the Institute of Physics North West Stimulating Physics Programme and the Ogden Trust to compile a series of online homework exercises for A-Level students. The exercises are being developed as part of our Teacher CPD programme, and are inspired by the physics research being carried out at Lancaster University. The exercises are posted online and can be self-marked by students with feedback given at each stage.

Some links to the current question bank are given below:

For more information, or if you have questions on the questions, please contact Phil Furneaux

XGAL-DIY: Explore the universe and make your own discoveries in Astrophysics

The Observational Astrophysics group at Lancaster University is excited to share the XGAL-DIY package of online educational activities for schools and colleges, designed to provide a taste of cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics for GCSE and A-Level students. By working through the activities, students will glimpse our cosmic origins by studying images of our early universe, and will have the opportunity to explore distant galaxies such as CR7, which was discovered by scientists at Lancaster University.

These computer-based activities have been developed using real research data, collected by some of the most powerful telescopes in the world. The activities provide an opportunity to see how scientists conduct state-of-the-art research in astrophysics, and how astronomical measurements such as redshift are made. The data and software are easy to use, and we provide detailed instructions and step-by-step youtube videos to guide teachers and students through each activity.

XGAL-DIY: Make Your Own Discoveries in Astrophysics
An artist's impression of CR7, the brightest of the distant galaxies that we know about
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Lancaster Particle Physics Package

The Lancaster Particle Physics Package (LPPP) is a web-based educational resource developed by the Experimental Particle Physics research group at Lancaster University. LPPP aims to give students a feel for the basic physics and techniques involved in modern particle physics experiments, such as the ATLAS detector at CERN. LPPP is targeted at students aged 16 to 18 who are taking A-Level (or equivalent) physics courses. 

LPPP provides a step-by-step guide to experimental particle physics, from basic concepts through to cutting-edge research. There is a gradual introduction to relativistic formulae and units for energy and mass. The accompanying hands-on activities include short exercises, and a series of animations which simulate the real underlying physics.

By following the activities and exercises in LPPP, you'll learn how we detect and identity particles in our experiments, how we measure their fundamental properties, and how we make new discoveries in particle physics such as the Higgs Boson.

Lancaster Particle Physics Package

AuroraWatch UK

Ever wanted to watch the Northern Lights over the UK but had never known when was the best time to look? AuroraWatch UK monitors geomagnetic activity, which is a sign that the aurora may be visible and offers free alerts to notify you whenever the aurora is likely to be seen from the UK?

AuroraWatch UK
The aurora borealis