Teaching Materials

Powerpoints and posters seen at official Binding Blocks events are available upon request.

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The Hot CNO Cycle Activity is explained in a paper titled “Cycling the Hot CNO: A Teaching Methodology” by M. A. Bentley, J. W. Frost-Schenk, C. Aa. Diget and A. Tuff, which has been submitted for publishing with IOP Physics Education. It aims to teach principles of nuclear physics, including: decays, half-life, catalytic cycles and waiting points in a fun, interactive manner. The activity is designed for a variety of audiences.

After an introduction and explanation of the cycle the participants physically move around the Hot CNO cycle following instructions given on floor cards to guide them. The activity is followed by a guided discussion. Below are the materials to successfully run the activity.

Binding Blocks - Floor Tiles (PDF  , 210kb)

Binding Blocks - Handout Page (PDF  , 175kb)

Binding Blocks slides (MS PowerPoint  , 3,015kb)

Neutron Star Workshop

A computational lab looking at modelling energy within a nucleus and then adapting the model for a neutron star. The workshop culminates in the calculation of a neutron star radius. A paper is currently under preparation for submission to IOP Physics Education.

Neutron star workshop excel file (MS Excel  , 149kb)

Neuron Star Workshop PP (PDF  , 1,291kb)

Neutron Star Workshop Solutions (MS Excel  , 309kb)

3D Printed Model

A partial 3 dimensional model of the nuclear chart as has been 3D printed. With height of the nuclei denoting mass excess per nucleon. Published in IOP Physics Education, Nuclear cartography: patterns in binding energy and subatomic structure.

3D Printed Model of Nuclear Chart ( 3,120kb download)