Skip to content
Skip to main content

About this free course

Become an OU student

Download this course

Share this free course

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

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Week 3 The quantum world


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.

Download this video clip.Video player: Video 1
Copy this transcript to the clipboard
Print this transcript
Show transcript|Hide transcript
Video 1 Introduction to Week 3
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

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.