Earlier this week, we used semi-circular perspex blocks to investigate total internal reflection. I’ve put together a short video showing total internal reflection in a semicircular block and a perspex model of an optical fibre. total internal reflection from mr mackenzie on Vimeo. There are some nice ray diagrams explaining total internal reflection on BBC ... Read moretotal internal reflection
Here are the answers to the waves & radiation questions.
I’ve put together a collection of exam questions from old standard grade and intermediate 2 papers that fit the national 5 curriculum. Try these before moving on to past papers and check your answers using the solutions that I will post next. No cheating!
I’ve attached a short guide to half-life calculations. There are some questions after each worked example, answers are at the end of the sheet.
We’ve examined the operation of a Geiger-Müller counter as part of the radiation topic. image by Theresa Knott The Geiger-Müller (GM) counter is used to detect ionising radiation such as alpha and beta particles or gamma rays. The radiation enters through a very thin window at one end of the tube. This window is usually made ... Read morethe geiger-muller tube
Here are whole unit summary notes to help you prepare for the unit test next week. Thanks to Mr Noble for sharing his notes.
Here are some revision notes on waves to help you prepare for the unit 3 test next week.
The unit assessment for the Waves & Radiation unit of National 5 is scheduled for next week. These notes will be useful as you prepare for the test. Thanks to Mr Noble for sharing these notes.
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation. They have a much higher frequency than visible light or ultraviolet. The diagram below, taken from Wikipedia, shows where x-rays sit in the electromagnetic spectrum. image by Materialscientist Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays and the image below is the first x-ray image ever taken. It shows Mrs. Röntgen’s hand and wedding ring. ... Read more
Earlier this week, we looked at the electromagnetic spectrum, including ultraviolet radiation. image courtesy of sonrisaelectrica The section of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelengths ranging from 10nm to 400nm is called ultraviolet radiation (uv for short). Sunlight contains uv rays and it’s those uv rays that are responsible for the suntan you get during the summer holidays. This Australian animation shows how the ultraviolet ... Read more