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Physics: Problem Solving Superpowers – How To Reason Like A Physicist With Professor Pieter Kok From The University of Sheffield

10th March 2022 @ 12:45 - 13:45



In this Physics session, Professor Pieter Kok, Professor of Theoretical Physics from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Sheffield, will run an interactive skills and insight workshop for students on Problem Solving & Thinking Skills.

In physics, we try to figure out how things work in Nature. This is often a complex undertaking. Luckily, we have a few simple tools at our disposal that can often get us to an approximate answer very quickly.

These superpowers are easy to learn, and with some practice will help you get to the heart of what makes a physical process tick.

In this session we will explore how to use them and learn how to think like a physicist.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Pieter Kok



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Physics and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance, with respect to challenges they may face or questions they have. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Physics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



10th March 2022
12:45 - 13:45
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