Welcome to Practical Physics

This website is for teachers of physics in schools and colleges. It is a collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of physical concepts and processes.

Some of the experiments can be used as starting-points for investigations or for enhancement activities. Many have links to carefully selected further reading and all include information and guidance for technicians.

Why use practical work in physics? 

Physics is a practical science. Practical activities are not just motivational and fun: they can also sharpen students’ powers of observation, stimulate questions, and help develop new understanding and vocabulary.

Good quality, appropriate physics experiments and investigations are the key to enhanced learning, and clarification and consolidation of theory.

Practical Work for Learning

We have published a new set of resources to support the teaching of practical science for Key Stages 3-5. The resources are part of our Practical Work for Learning project, which explores how three different teaching and learning approaches can be applied to practical work. Visit the Practical Work for Learning website to find out more.