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Authors: Warsaw University of Technology
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The lesson focuses on properties and possible applications of new materials, including nanomaterials.

In this lesson, a student learns about basic concepts related to modern materials, including nanomaterials, and how they differ from “ordinary” matter. The script also discusses applications of new materials and famous scientists and discoveries in the area of new materials, with emphasis on women's contribution. In addition, hands-on exercise with a non-Newtonian fluid is included, together with a remote experiment demonstrating the Hall effect.

Cover image by Michael Ströck, CC BY-SA 3.0

Knowledge acquisition gain
  Knowledge about new materials, nanotechnology, their present and future applications

Workforce in Physics

In the EU, around 540,000 students are enrolled in physics, astronomy, chemistry, and earth science courses. Jobs for physicists, other scientists and engineers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for technicians in the field grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European science and engineering workers are employed. They work in a variety of sectors directly related to physics, including aerospace and defence, energy, engineering, manufacturing, oil and gas, science and telecommunications. Others work in sectors such as IT and consultancy, financial services, legal, transport and utilities. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

  45 min
Number of staff
Education Level
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Home use
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Self study / No supervision
Knowledge prerequisites
Beginner: material is applicable to all students
Operating system
Cross platform / browser based
Technical requirements
You'll need to buy some materials
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer

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