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Year 11 Physics Trip to the Tate Modern

The A-level physics pupils spent an afternoon at the Tate Modern, exploring the Takis exhibition. Takis was a sculptor famous for his use of magnetism, light, and sound. The girls were delighted by his rarely-seen magnetic fields and successfully unravelled the physics behind the magnets and pendulums that are at the heart of his mesmerism patterns. 

The highlight was one of his smaller sculptures: a nail suspended by a magnet, where a standing wave had formed on the vibrating string. We were keen to replicate this in the lab! Seeing physics at work outside of its traditional realms was fascinating and inspirational.