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Listed under:  Science  >  Forces and energy  >  Heat  >  Thermal expansion
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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The dough machine

Franklin and Henry invent 'The spoon cranking dough churner', which explodes when they fail to take into account the fact that dough expands when heated.

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Shrinking and expanding metals

Explore with the Surfing Scientist team what happens when metals are heated and cooled. Find out what happens to a metal ring when it is immersed in extremely cold liquid nitrogen. What do hinges on the Sydney Harbour Bridge have to do with all this? Find out.

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What the world is made of: particles, heat and movement

Explore how substances are affected by temperature. Notice that particles vibrate more as temperature rises. Observe that some solids conduct heat better than others. Note that solids expand when they are heated. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Plan for the party: superannuation

Choose and listen to audiovisual segments about specialised superannuation topics. Play a quiz game to test your understanding of super. Explore superannuation terminology, for example look up the meaning of 'preservation age'.

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All about matter: Teacher idea

This Teacher idea shows how students were encouraged to theorise, question, assess and build on their understandings of matter and particle theory through an exploration of the behaviour of substances in a variety of conditions. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


CE Miller and Co Cinema Advertisement, c1945: Know your Melbourne

This clip shows a colour travelogue-style cinema advertisement for CE Miller and Co, a removalist and storage business. The advertisement was made about 1945. There is footage of Melbourne, including historic buildings such as the State Library, Parliament House and the Chamber of Commerce, and the narrator imparts information ...


Australia Post - Australia Post Inc, 1990: 'A commercial enterprise'

This clip shows Australia Post staff at work as the presenter explains the changes necessary for Australia Post to become a commercial enterprise: productivity targets, cost-effective branches and reforms to work processes. Some of the annual running costs of a typical post office following corporatisation are shown and ...