A Polarizing Discovery About the Big Bang!

The Big Bang just got bigger! Learners explore the early universe in a short, animated video. The narrator guides viewers through the revelation that photons polarized by masses of plasma travel through space to bring us a clearer picture of the Big Bang. The resource also describes the phenomenon of polarization and the characteristics of the plasma that shaped the universe.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Demonstrate polarization by supplying class members with polarized material to examine
  • Show the video during a space science unit or lesson on quantum mechanical applications
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of quantum mechanical concepts 
Pros
  • Animation allows pupils to better visualize the behavior of photons
  • The content is well-organized and presented in an exciting way
Cons
  • None