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Light, Heat, and Electricity [electronic resource]

Open University
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Because we are able to measure energy, satellites in space can take the temperature of oceans and calculate the thickness of sea ice to within a millimeter's worth of accuracy. The ability to quantify heat, light, and electricity has transformed our lives, but how did we learn to measure these seeming intangibles with such precision? From lightning bolts and Watt engines to electromagnetic waves and single electrons, this program explores the measurement of light, heat, and electricity. The video also looks at the work of Newton, Herschel, Ampere, and Edison as host Marcus du Sautoy explains how the drive to quantify has led us far into space and inside the atom itself. Produced by the Open University.
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59 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 31, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Precision: The Measure of All Things
Precision (New York, N.Y.)
  • Introduction: Light, Heat, and Electricity: Precision (2:29)
  • Measuring Energy (0:56)
  • Visible Light Spectrum (3:59)
  • Infrared Light: Invisible Light (1:30)
  • Measuring Heat (1:40)
  • Measuring Temperature (2:42)
  • Development of Thermometers. (2:02)
  • Electricity: First Battery (6:16)
  • Standardizing Temperature Measurement (1:44)
  • Thermocouple (4:20)
  • What is Heat? (2:22)
  • Absolute Zero and Triple Points (3:49)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (4:06)
  • First Congress of Electricians (2:06)
  • Dawn of the Electrical Age (3:09)
  • Introduction of Candle Power (2:59)
  • Human Light Perception (3:44)
  • Demands of Modern Industry (4:06)
  • Future of Electrical Current Measurement (1:07)
  • Credits: Light, Heat, and Electricity: Precision (0:41)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
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  • 53467s Films Media Group
  • 53468 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col. + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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