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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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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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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.

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Bob-a-Job Week in 1966

This is a coloured photograph from 1966, showing three Scouts in a suburban street performing garden tasks - mowing grass, sweeping a path and making a neat edge.

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Construction of streets in Canberra, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of streets being constructed with a T-intersection in Canberra. The worksite includes construction vehicles and temporary buildings. A man is walking on a section that appears to be pegged out for a footpath and ruts indicate that the street is already being used.

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John Curtin's family home in Cottesloe, 1943 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1943 of Prime Minister John Curtin's family home at 24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia. The house is brick with a tiled roof and the front veranda has been enclosed with weatherboards and windows.

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Children in a working-class street, 1916

This is a black-and-white 1916 photograph of a group of young children in Hocking Street, Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It shows the austere nature of the built environment, including houses and workshops, and the poor condition of the unpaved street. One boy is standing barefoot in the muddy street. ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from the beginning of a 1928 black-and-white silent film that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The film opens with its title, 'BEAUTIFUL MIDDLE HARBOUR', superimposed on a view of Middle Harbour. An intertitle states that a 'model ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The opening shot shows a woman on the porch of a sandstone house that has an unusually shaped window. As she walks down ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 3

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The excerpt opens with an intertitle that reads: 'With the completion of the Harbour Bridge the Model Suburb will be only ...