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Binding blocks: building the Universe one nucleus at a time

Diget, C. Aa; Pastore, A; Leech, K; Haylett, T; Lock, S; Sanders, T; Shelley, M; Willett, H V; Keegans, J; Sinclair, L; Simpson, Ed

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We present a new teaching and outreach activity based around the construction of a three-dimensional chart of isotopes using LEGO bricks. The activity, binding blocks, demonstrates nuclear and astrophysical processes through a seven-meter chart of all nuclear isotopes, built from over 26000 LEGO bricks. It integrates A-Level and GCSE curricula across areas of nuclear physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, including: nuclear decays (through the colours in the chart); nuclear binding energy...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/233002
Source: Physics Education
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6552/aa550c

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