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Turntables

In this experiment you will explore the penetrating power of different types of radiation. A Geiger counter is used to measure the radiation coming from four different radioactive sources, which can be selected by rotating a turntable. A second turntable can be used to place four different types of absorbers between the radioactive source and the detector.

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Inverse Square Law

The further you are away from a radioactive source, the better! This experiment will demonstrate how the amount of radiation decreases with increasing distance from the source. A Geiger counter is used to measure the radiation coming from a real radiation source at a distance selected by you.

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Decay

Radioactive decay occurs when an unstable atom emits energy in the form of radiation. This experiment will explore the statistical (random) nature of radioactive decay.

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Photoelectric Effect

In this activity you will re-create the famous Photoelectric Effect, the process in which metals can eject electrons when light is shined upon them. Explore how light of different wavelengths and intensities can be used create electricity, and decide for yourself if light behaves like a wave or a particle.

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Diffraction

In this activity you will shine a laser of known wavelength onto a copper wire and record a light intensity profile, with peaks and troughs being present you can determine the thickness of a wire. Explore how light is capable of diffraction and bending around thin objects in order to determine the width of objects far beyond the capabilities of the human eye and other current technology.

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Thin Lens

Lens are useful optical devices for exploring the ray behaviour of light, such as refraction and reflection. In this experiment students will determine the focal point of converging and diverging lens' and describe the formed images as real or virtual, erect or inverted, and magnified or diminished.

3D Imaging

In this experiment you will learn about x-ray imaging and how it is used in the research and medical industries. The main focus of this activity is introducing the concept of 3D imaging and how you can build a 3D image of an object by taking a set of regular 2D images and rotating the object between exposures. In the medical industry, a 3D image is commonly referred to as a CT scan (Computed Tomography Scan) or CAT Scan (Computer Axial Tomography Scan). You will learn how the number of 2D projections affects the quality of the 3D image, and the balance that doctors must strike between taking a good quality 3D image (lots of 2D images) while limiting the patient’s exposure to x-rays.

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Make a Telescope

Lens are useful optical devices for exploring the ray behaviour of light, such as refraction and reflection. In this experiment students will determine the focal point of converging and diverging lens' and describe the formed images as real or virtual, erect or inverted, and magnified or diminished.

Archimedes Principle

Students will use Archimedes' Principle to investigate bouyancy an an upward force exerted on an object immersed in a fluid.

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Calorimetry

Students investigate the thermodynamic process of heat transfer when a substance undergoes a phase change.

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Simple Pendulum

A simple pendulum consists of a mass suspended by a (massless un-stretchable) string. When the mass or bob is pulled to one side and then released it oscillates about the equilibrium position. In this experiment students investigate the effects of mass and length of the pendulum lever on the period and speed of oscillation.

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Spring Constant

This experiment investigates the compression and expansion of an ideal spring using Hookes Law.

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Wind Tunnel

Explore aerodynamic lift and drag by controlling an aerofoil in a real wind tunnel!

Magnetic Induction

In this experiment students will observe the relationship between the magnitude of the induced EMF and the applied magnetic field by varying a magnetic field over time by passing current through coils of wire.


eVBL

The Educational Virtual BeamLine (eVBL) is hosted by the Australian synchrotron. It provides a real-time interface to Thomas Young’s classic Double-Slit diffraction experiment. The primary light source is optical light produced by the Australian Synchrotron. The experiment has been designed to be used as a demonstration in the VCE Physics Unit 4, Study Area 2: Interaction of Light and Matter.

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Solar Panels

In this experiment students will access data from solar panels positioned at different angles relative to the sky. Through statistical analysis of voltage and current data, students will determine the optimal panel position for the largest efficiency.

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Hot Water Tank

In this experiment you will monitor the temperature of the water inside a functioning solar water heater. You will also investigate whether the conditions inside the tank might allow Legionella bacteria to grow.

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Cyclone Station

In this experiment (coming soon!) you will see how cyclones can generate winds strong enough to tear roofs off houses, and explore the impact that roof design has on the ability of a building to withstand these powerful forces.

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Weather Station

In this experiment, you will have access to weather and climate data from over 700 real government weather stations spread over Australia. Learn about temperature, humidity, rainfall and those weather maps you see on the news!

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