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Sixth Form Physicists visit Liverpool University


On Friday 24th March a group of 14 Lower and Upper Sixth Physicists had the privilege of visiting the Central Teaching Laboratory at the University of Liverpool. During the visit they were able to access their state of the art equipment and complete a practical assessment on radioactivity half-life. The students also had a tour of the facilities and spent time looking at a giant cloud chamber housed in the CTL. Cloud chambers detect charged particles e.g. alpha and beta particles and after they pass through a supersaturated vapour of water or alcohol leave behind a characteristic condensation trail. Dr Helen Vaughan, who hosted the event, said Liverpool University were delighted to be able to host such focused and receptive students and hoped that having had access to undergraduate equipment to the aid their “A” level assessment and had begun to develop practical and analytical skills, that the day would inspire them into studying Physics at Liverpool University in the future.