Physics/Chemistry KS3 & GCSE: Materials: How They Work

Materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes a look into the inner world of metals, ceramics and plastics and the microscopic structure that allows them to function.

The series aims to show how material science influences our day to day lives.

These clips will be relevant for teaching Physics and Chemistry at KS3 and GCSE Level. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

Bronze - The first alloy
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Development and uses of Optical Fibres
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What is Graphene?
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How was metal discovered?
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How reinforced concrete works
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How the Romans invented concrete
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What is a superalloy?
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Superconductors and the 'Meissner effect'
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The atomic structure of metal
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What is superconductivity?
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The Invention of Carbon Fibre
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The plastic revolution
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Goodyear's groundbreaking invention of vulcanised rubber
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The structure, properties and uses of Bakelite
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What is reinforced concrete?
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Why is concrete so brittle?
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