Explore the Physics Observatory
Explore time travel and experience the effects of changing gravity on The Cube's interactive Physics Observatory panels.
Students use Universe Sandbox to manipulate planets, moons and stars, testing a series of hypotheses.
Hands on experiments
What happens when a black hole passes by our solar system? A series of hands on experiments are undertaken to explore the concepts of gravity, kinematics and relativity.
|Year level||9-10, 11-12 (senior version)|
|Capacity||16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When||School days: Monday-Friday|
|Where||QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre|
This workshop will introduce the concepts of gravity, special and general relativity and time travel, and how they can be applied to better understand the universe.
Students will use The Cube interactive touch screen application Physics Observatory to visit planets in our solar system, exploring the effects of changing gravity. Students are then introduced to a physics-based space simulator to manipulate planets, moons and stars in order to prove or disprove their hypothesis with scenarios like: the Earth has two moons, the sun suddenly vanishing, a black hole passing by our solar system and many more.
Topics covered in this workshop:
- junior science.
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE157)
- Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE158)
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)
- The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems, and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)
- The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
- Advances in scientific understanding often rely on technological advances and are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192)
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS198)
Physics Unit 4 (QCAA 2019 Syllabus)
Year 11 and 12
- Describe an example of natural phenomena that cannot be explained by Newtonian physics, such as the presence of muons in the atmosphere.
- Define the terms frame of reference and inertial frame of reference.
- Recall the two postulates of special relativity.
- Recall that motion can only be measured relative to an observer.
- Explain the concept of simultaneity.
- Recall the consequences of the constant speed of light in a vacuum, e.g. time dilation and length contraction.
- Define the terms time dilation, proper time interval, relativistic time interval, length contraction, proper length, relativistic length, rest mass and relativistic momentum.
- Describe the phenomena of time dilation and length contraction, including examples of experimental evidence of the phenomena
- Solve problems involving time dilations, length contraction and relativistic momentum.
- Recall the mass–energy equivalence relationship.
- Explain why no object can travel at the speed of light in a vacuum.
- Explain paradoxical scenarios such as the twins’ paradox, flashlights on a train and the ladder in the barn paradox.