The Tyndall Lecture is an annual lecture/demonstration for GCSE and A level Physics students which tours universities in Ireland, in honour of John Tyndall, a famous Irish physicist who established the Royal Society Christmas lectures. On Wednesday 29th January, a mixed group of Y11-13 students attended this year’s lecture at Queen’s University.
They enjoyed a dramatic hour of smashing concrete tiles and wooden blocks, all set in the context of Newton’s Laws for the forces and energies involved. The lecturer, Dr. Robert Howard, is an expert in Taekwon-Do, and demonstrated the power of Physics with a variety of kicks and punches, complete with the calculations to prove that bone is stronger than concrete. An informative and enjoyable afternoon, pitched at just the right level for our students.