Bodies of the Solar System

Curriculum support20 mins£3

Key takeaways
A description of all the bodies that make up our Solar System
A discussion of what makes a planet a planet
An analysis of the Sun as a star and an overview of how it emits light via nuclear fusion
Laura LewisHost: Laura studied at Royal Holloway University of London and the Open University. She is passionate about science communication and has presented talks about Exoplanets at Oxford University and Imperial College London.

One of Physics' most interesting topics is the Solar System. In this class we will look at all the bodies that make up our Solar System, including planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. We will discuss why Pluto is no longer classified as a planet and the characteristics needed to be called a planet. We will also analyse, how our star, the Sun emits light through nuclear fusion. Join Laura in this fascinating class to discover our solar system.

For more Physics classes we recommend: Background RadiationAtomic ModelsElectrons and Orbits.

Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.

Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 9-11 or S3-S5 studying Physics at GCSE or equivalent level. 

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
What to expect:

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