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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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Week 3 The quantum world

Introduction

In Week 1, you looked at the large physical values involving the ISS, Earth and the Moon. In Week 2, you looked at the effects of microgravity and ageing in the context of ‘bed rest’. This week, you will look at very small physical values – the quantum world. You will also see how quantum experiments are used in the context of the ISS.

First, watch Video 1 which introduces what this week will cover.

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Video 1 Introduction to Week 3
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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • consider how quantum science experiments are being conducted on the ISS
  • understand logarithmic powers (powers of ten) and how they describe the whole Universe
  • explain the types of scientific research that can benefit from microgravity environments
  • consider powers of ten and the difference between positive and negative values.