The detection of gravitational waves proves Einstein’s theories surrounding their existence and is a potentially Nobel prizewinning discovery. The aim of this physics lesson is to make gravitational waves and LIGO accessible to students from KS3 upwards, of all abilities.
These activities can be adapted for a wide range of abilities across KS3 and KS4 and focus on games and competitive activities. As well as learning about some of the specific challenges facing the scientists who design gravitational wave interferometers, your students will also learn about spending a large budget wisely, and about making trade-offs between different interlinked subsystem parameters.
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