ESA XMM Satellite Schoolpage


Contained upon this page :


    This web page is concerned with using the excitement generated by the recent XMM Satellite project to illustrate the principles of Physics. 

    Consistent with this aim at the center of the web site there are pages dealing with individual Physics topics as they relate to XMM. For each topic the importance to XMM is discussed, examples given, and XMM applications indicated. Around this core of Physics topics are clustered a number of XMM pages which describe more about the XMM Satellite project itself.

     A feature of this web site is that it is intended to be applicable to the A Level syllabus. It can both be used by students, in browsing or as a revision aid, and by Physics teachers as a resource pack.

    Most of the pages follow a question and answer style format and provide links to further information upon a subject. The site is structure such that a student can follow an individual subject but this should not prevent the use of internal and external links which provide extra information and further reinforce the link between Physics and the XMM project. To further help with navigation each topic is colour coded.

    For a number of topics there are question sheets provided. These may be printed out at the beginning of a topic to direct the student whilst browsing.

    An interactive quiz (in Javascript) allows students to record their to responses to a series of multiple choice questions designed to test their understanding of this material.


BROWSER - These web pages have been design to be viewed in 600x800 (or greater) resolution using a 4.x version of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer.

PRINTING We are currently adjusting the size of some images which have caused problems, with text running off the page edge, on some printers. If you have browser with a print preview - please use this option before printing to check that the page will print correctly. 

DOWNLOAD - If you intend to use this web site as a teaching aid we strongly recommend that you begin by down loading it onto your local machines. 

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JAVASCRIPT - All the pages rely upon JAVASCRIPT for their interactive component. If you do not have JAVASCRIPT enabled then you will see a message to that effect at the top of this page. To enable JAVASCRIPT select the appropriate option in your preferences.

COOKIES - Other interactive components such as the quiz depend upon the COOKIE option being enabled. Enabling the COOKIE option simply allows information to be written and read from a temporary file upon your machine. The option to enable COOKIES can also be found in the preferences option of your browser. 


     If a clear acknowledgement of the source is given, users are free to reproduce material taken from this site for non-commercial purposes. If you wish to use this material for a commercial purpose, please contact us (below) to explain what you wish to do. 


    Because this page is still under construction we are happy to receive any feedback from all browsers. We would, however, be particularly interest in hearing from SIXTH FORMS and COLLEGES who have used this web site as a teaching aid and can advise us how to make this web site more useful to them. 

     If you wish to comment upon our web site either as a teaching aid or in general please email Dr Trevor Ponman

Many thanks.

The University of Birmingham
Physics and Astronomy Department, The University of Birmingham