The Physical World: Track 1

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This series of tracks introduces the basics of helicopter flight, quantum theory, special relativity, wave mechanics and particle physics, providing practical applications of physics and historical footage of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Material is taken from The Open University course S207 The physical world.

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Updated Wednesday 3rd September 2008

Track 1: Helicopters: flight basics

A look at the basic physics of helicopter flight.



Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Helicopters: flight basics A look at the basic physics of helicopter flight. Play now Helicopters: flight basics
2 Helicopters: Traditional rotor blades A look at traditional rotor blades and the physics of how they work in flying a helicopter. Play now Helicopters: Traditional rotor blades
3 Helicopters: Modern rotor blades A look at modern rotor blades and the physics of how they work in flying a helicopter. Play now Helicopters: Modern rotor blades
4 Helicopters: Flying a helicopter A look at how a helicopter is flown and the rotor that counteracts the main rotor blades. Play now Helicopters: Flying a helicopter
5 Helicopters: Autorotation A look at how autorotation works if there is no engine power in a helicopter. Play now Helicopters: Autorotation
6 Quantum physics: introduction An introduction to quantum physics. Play now Quantum physics: introduction
7 Quantum physics: Einstein and Neils Bohr A look at the relationship between Einstein and Bohr and a look at their work. Play now Quantum physics: Einstein and Neils Bohr
8 Quantum Physics: the basics The basic principles of quantum theory. Play now Quantum Physics: the basics
9 Quantum physics: Einstein's objections to Bohr's theories Einstein's objections to Bohrs theories. Play now Quantum physics: Einstein's objections to Bohr's theories
10 Quantum physics: The EPR experiment The Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (EPR) thought experiment. Play now Quantum physics: The EPR experiment
11 Quantum physics: testing EPR for real The Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (EPR) thought experiment is tested for real in Geneva. Play now Quantum physics: testing EPR for real
12 Quantum physics: Concluding the debate A conclusion to the Einstein Bohr debate. Play now Quantum physics: Concluding the debate
13 Waves: fishermen and communications Introducing fisherman and the science of waves. Play now Waves: fishermen and communications
14 Waves: Sound waves A look at sound waves, how they can be focussed and traditional methods of transferring sound at sea. Play now Waves: Sound waves
15 Waves: Electro magnetic waves How radio waves work and their use at sea. Play now Waves: Electro magnetic waves
16 Waves: Make your own radio How to make your own radio and a closer look at electromagnetic waves. Play now Waves: Make your own radio
17 Waves: an ocean of EM radiation A quick guide to wavelengths. Play now Waves: an ocean of EM radiation
18 Collisions: Accident investigation A look at vehicle accident investigation by the police and how a knowledge of physics helps to understand what happens. Play now Collisions: Accident investigation
19 Collisions: the CERN particle accelerator A look at particle physics, collisions of atoms and CERN in Geneva. Play now Collisions: the CERN particle accelerator
20 Collisions: the Hadron Collider The Hadron collider at CERN. Play now Collisions: the Hadron Collider
21 Motion: Firing a cannonball from a moving train A look at the motion of a cannonball when fired from a moving train. Play now Motion: Firing a cannonball from a moving train
22 Relativity: Einstein and Athletics Einstein's theory of special relativity that speed slows down time. Play now Relativity: Einstein and Athletics