Student physicists experience first-hand Physics in Action

Our Year 1 and 2 Physics students had an insightful day out at a ‘Physics in Action’ lecture day at the University of Warwick last week. Lectures on superconductivity, building physics, investigating the invisible Universe, the physics of the human voice and redefining the kilogram provided a stimulating and entertaining day out.

Students also got a taste of university life; exploring some parts of the campus and interacting with lecturers. It was a great opportunity for some of our students considering degrees in Physics next year to experience a mock day of lecturers similar to those they may have at their chosen university.

A highlight of the day was seeing up close an Avogadro’s sphere – a single crystal of silicon-28 that can be used to define a kilogram. This one only cost £10,000, the official ones are £2.5 million. They have a surface so smooth that if they were blown up to the size of Earth, the distance between the tallest mountain and deepest ocean would be just 3–5 meters!

Lecturer Hazel Bridges said about the day: “The trip to Warwick University was a very worthwhile day out of wall to wall physics! Students heard lectures on lots of exciting and interesting subjects that will support their studies in the classroom, and them being able to experience university life was a bonus.”

To find out more about our Physics A-level, visit our website www.cirencester.ac.uk or come to our Open Evening on 6th February 2020, 5-8pm.