Astrophysics on the lab bench

Hughes, Stephen W. (2010) Astrophysics on the lab bench. Physics Education, 45(3), pp. 231-234.

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In this article some basic laboratory bench experiments are described that are useful for teaching high school students some of the basic principles of stellar astrophysics. For example, in one experiment, students slam a plastic water-filled bottle down onto a bench, ejecting water towards the ceiling illustrating the physics associated with a type II supernova explosion. In another experiment, students roll marbles up and down a double ramp in an attempt to get a marble to enter a tube half way up the slope, which illustrates quantum tunnelling in stellar cores. The experiments are reasonably low cost to either purchase or manufacture.

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ID Code: 32960
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, space day, school, hands-on, physics laboratory, space
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/45/3/001
ISSN: 0031-9120
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Institute of Physics
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2010 21:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:16

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