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Lanolin, lip gloss and lubricants

What special substance can be extracted from sheep fleeces? Listen to interviews with Australians involved in making industrial lubricants and beauty products. Explore these uses of a vital substance made by a sheep's skin.

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Friction: friend or foe?

What part does the force of friction play in our everyday lives? Friction can be an advantage (friend) or a problem (foe). Join interviewer Doug Traction and professors Static, Slide, Rolling and Fluid at the National Tribology Research Centre as they have forceful fun investigating friction. This video won a prize in the ...

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Ramping up the fun

Join Winston as he tests which materials slide down a ramp. Which ones will slip and which ones will grip? He's testing a wooden block, a stone, a glass bottle and an eraser. Predict what will happen. Watch to see if your prediction was right.

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Friction is all around us

The video clip ‘The magic of friction’ provides an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation of, and insight into, frictional forces. Students undertake an experiment with a toy car to explore how the motion of the car is affected by varying the surface of the car’s wheels. Additional resources are available to investigate ...

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Backyard Science: forces

This resource, including student videos, provide opportunities for students to identify types of forces, determine whether forces are balanced or unbalanced and compare water and air resistance. They will conduct an investigation into the relationship between friction and different types of surfaces. Students will design, ...

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Electromagnetism: electromagnet basics

Explore the parts of an electromagnet circuit. Test objects made of different materials to find out whether they are affected by magnetic fields. For example, discover whether a rubber band is deflected by the field of an electromagnet. This learning object is one of three learning objects in the same series.

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Jet force: training

Shoot a disc at a target to score goals. Control the direction of the disc by applying linear forces. Use a single linear force or combine up to three forces. Train for a match by aiming accurately. This activity is one in a series of three activities.

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Jet force: match

Shoot a disc at a target to score goals. Control the direction of the disc by applying linear forces. Use a single linear force or combine multiple forces. Play a match where you score points by aiming accurately. This activity is one in a series of three activities.

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Jet force: championship

Shoot a disc at a target to score goals. Control the direction of the disc by applying linear forces. Use a single linear force or combine multiple forces. Take turns competing against a friend. Score points by aiming accurately. This activity is one in a series of three activities.

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Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Jet force

Shoot a disc at a target to score goals. Control the direction of the disc by applying linear forces. Use a single linear force, then combine multiple forces. Play a match where you score points by aiming accurately. Challenge a friend to compete in a two-player 'championship'. This activity is a combination of three activities ...

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Simple machines - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how students draw on day-to-day experiences with familiar machines as an introduction to forces and friction. Students investigate concepts including mechanical advantage, levers, inclined planes, wheel-and-axles and gears and apply this knowledge to design a machine. It includes a unit of work ...

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Footscray, 1911, 1910-11

This black-and-white silent clip filmed in 1910 and 1911 shows scenes of daily life in the streets of Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. Footage includes carts, buggies, bicycles and a solitary car as well as pedestrians, shopfronts, awnings and shop signs. The camera, placed in a few fixed positions, ...

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Footscray, 1971: Street scenes

This black-and-white silent clip shows actuality footage of pedestrians, traffic, shopfronts and street entertainment taken in the main streets of Footscray, Melbourne, in 1971. Footage shot at street level and one high-angle shot show traffic, pedestrians and shopfronts at intersections. A flashing neon sign suspended ...

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A Thriving And Prosperous Suburb - Bird's Eye View of Footscray, c1911: The railway station

This black-and-white silent clip from a documentary filmed around 1911 shows crowds of travellers leaving and entering Footscray Railway Station in Melbourne. The footage is shot by a stationery camera positioned alongside a confectionery store and facing the station footbridge. Long unbroken panning shots show children ...

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Newton’s laws

This collection of nine digital curriculum resources examines forces and their effects. Video sequences develop the theoretical and practical aspects of Newton's three laws of motion, weight, friction, the normal force and centre of mass. Web pages provide background material as well as explaining frames of reference and ...

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Motion and forces

This collection of 15 digital curriculum resources is organised in three categories - measuring motion; effects of forces; and friction. The collection includes learning objects that demonstrate how motion can be represented and recorded, as well as investigating the forces that influence it. Graphical techniques are frequently ...

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Newton’s laws

Learn about the effect of unbalanced forces on the motion of objects. Discover why the force of friction delayed the scientific study of motion and how Galileo made an important breakthrough. View demonstrations of Newton's three laws of motion. Analyse real-life situations to find the various forces acting and their effects. ...

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Energy and power

Learn how work and energy are related, and how the energy of systems can be used to solve problems about motion. Identify situations in which mechanical energy is conserved. Calculate the power of moving objects. This resource consists of a video in six sections with a supporting web page containing background material.

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Living Hawthorn in 1906

This is an excerpt from a 1906 silent documentary, which shows people and a range of businesses on a street in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne.