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Oxford Physics events in October 2017

CASSINI-HUYGENS: SPACE ODYSSEY TO SATURN AND TITAN
When: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 17:30-19:00pm
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: Talk and Q&A

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Come and hear the incredible story of Cassini-Huygens as presented by Professor David Southwood (former head of the European Space Agency). During its time in space it has revolutionised our understanding of Saturn and made astonishing discoveries. More information and booking can be found on our events page. The event is organised by the Oxford University Aeronautical Society (AerOx).

 

AN EVENING OF QUANTUM DISCOVERY
When: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 (5pm - 6.30pm: Family friendly and 6.30pm – 8.30pm: General Public (Age 12+))
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: A showcase of quantum research at Oxford with talks, hands-on stalls and lab tours

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Hear about the exciting new research and innovative technology development being done at Oxford University. Discover how Quantum Physics impacts on your everyday life, now and in the near future. More information and booking can be found on our events page.

 

AN EVENING OF QUANTUM DISCOVERY
When: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017 (5pm - 6.30pm: Family friendly and 6.30pm – 8.30pm: General Public (Age 12+))
Where: Oxford Physics Department
What: A showcase of quantum research at Oxford with talks, hands-on stalls and lab tours

Credit: The University of Oxford Department of Physics

Hear about the exciting new research and innovative technology development being done at Oxford University. Discover how Quantum Physics impacts on your everyday life, now and in the near future. More information and booking can be found on our events page.

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Thursday 5 October 2017

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Specimen papers for pre-interview admissions assessments

Note saying 'Register before you apply'

Your school will normally register you.

If you're applying to Cambridge this year then you may have a pre-interview admissions assessment at your school or test centre on 2 November - it depends what course you are applying for.

Information is available on the admissions assessment page, and specimen papers are available if you would like to practice.

Important: Don't forget to make sure that you're registered in time! The registration deadline was 1 October (at 17:00 UK time) if you're applying for Medicine or 15 October (at 18:00 UK time) if you're applying for another subject that requires a pre-interview assessment.

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Wednesday 4 October 2017

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Word of the Day

dictionary word of the day

Credit: Alan Myers

 

There are a few online dictionaries that post a 'word of the day' to help broaden your vocabulary with less common words as well as suggesting some more familiar words whose meanings you might not be so sure on. You can even sign-up to have these emailed to you daily. Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster are just two of the websites that offer these free subscriptions.

And if you're studying a modern language you might want to sign-up for the French, Spanish, Italian or German word of the day. You can find even more languages here.

 

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Monday 18 September 2017

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Teaching at Cambridge

Students discuss their work with their supervisior in a King's supervision.A King's supervision in progress

A series of films is being released over the next few weeks to celebrate teaching at Cambridge University.

Here are the first films:

Future films will feature Physics Lecturer Lisa Jardine-Wright;  Zoologist Andrew Balmford; and Design Engineer James Moultrie.

Find out more about the teaching on our how you are taught page and see what students say about it in the student perspectives.

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Friday 23 June 2017

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Cambridge Open days: places still available

Tour of King's with a current student

Places are still available for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July 2017. If you are are thinking of applying for undergraduate study at Cambridge in the coming admissions round (either for entry in October 2018 or deferred entry in October 2019) you and up to two supporters are invited to visit the University of Cambridge and its colleges.

King's will be open for all Cambridge Open Day visitors from 9am to 6pm each day. Please do call in at your convenience to meet and chat to the admissions team and our current students and take a tour of the college. We will also be offering subject meetings (the timetable is here). We look forward to seeing you!

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Wednesday 21 June 2017

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A good read?

Pile of booksImage credit: Pam loves pie

How do you make the reading you do in your own time count? One way to help yourself think independently and engage critically with your reading is to start or join a reading group. Take your inspiration from Radio 4's A Good Read, where the presenter and her two guests each choose a book they've enjoyed reading, introducing it to and discussing it with the others. Why not swap recommendations with a friend and meet to discuss your responses to each other's choice?

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Friday 16 June 2017

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Hot air balloon problem

Hot air balloon

Credit: Brent Myers

A hot air balloon of mass 350 kg is carrying 5 people each of mass 70kg. The total volume of the baloon is 2800m3.

The balloon flies horizontally in dry air 1km above sea level. The atmopheric pressure at this altitude is 89.9kPa and the surrounding temperature is 9ºC. Given that the molar mass of dry air is 28.97g/mol, work out the temperature of the heated air inside the balloon. (You can take gas constant R=8.31J/mol K and you may assume that air behaves as an ideal gas).

General and problem-specific hints are available.

This is one of the problems on I-want-to-study-engineering.org, a resource from Cambridge University Engineering Department with more than 200 problems to help you to practice problem solving skills relevant to Engineering. The website also provides general advice such as how to get onto a good Engineering course (whether at Cambridge or elsewhere).

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Monday 12 June 2017

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Law virtual classroom

If you want to study Law at university and have not studied the subject formally before, you might enjoy Pembroke College's virtual classroom.

Through exercises in the Understanding Law and Legal Skills sections, this resource aims to give you a better understanding of the nature and function of law, as well as some of the debates that surround the law. It will also help you to develop some of the skills involved in studying and practising law.

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Thursday 8 June 2017

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