University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
This event will be held in the Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Building. Refreshments will be provided from 7.00pm in the Tea Room of the Poynting Building, second floor. This lecture is free of charge and suitable for teachers and students studying at GCSE and A-level. No booking required. at University of Birmingham

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'How do you really know what the temperature is?' Lecture

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Event Summary:

This event will be held in the Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Building. Refreshments will be provided from 7.00pm in the Tea Room of the Poynting Building, second floor. This lecture is free of charge and suitable for teachers and students studying at GCSE and A-level. No booking required.

Full Event Details:

Everybody measures temperature – and everyone sort of knows what temperature is. In this talk I will first outline how we make the connection in practice between the energy associated with the microscopic jiggling of atoms and molecules and the temperature scale we all use (Celsius). Then I will describe the rationale for the forthcoming redefinition of the unit of temperature, and why, although you won’t notice, it is still a good idea! Finally, I will explain why every temperature you ever measured was a little bit wrong – and how we can put it right!

Dr Michael de Podesta, National Physical Laboratory

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)
Teachers (CPD)

Duration:

Short Session

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Minimum number of students:

1

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