7th February 2020
Architecture: Arabia / The Middle East // Chicago Willis Tower
Famous scientists: Nikola Tesla
Project: make a presentation about your favourite scientist.
Arabia / The Middle East
Work in pairs: https://www.365tickets.com.au/burj-khalifa-dubai
Tell me about the Burj Khalifa – the facts; what you can see and do, and practical information
Prepare an information sheet for a guest – be careful to read the website carefully.
The Willis Tower: Why doesn’t it fall over ?
What do you know about this commercial supersonic plane ?
This video is quite long (10 minutes+) but has lots of engineering terms and everyday expressions.
Fortunately, it also utilises subtitles which seem quite accurate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_wuykzfFzE
Write down any words you don’t know – watch the video in short stages, then you can watch at home at your leisure.
The Concorde stopped: why ? What reasons can you suggest ?
The video contains some good expressions.
If I say ‘Tesla’, what do you think of ?
Make a presentation about your favourite scientist or science writer.
Feel free to use slides, pictures, diagrams.
Bullet Train – top ten facts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4CD1vErEQQ
This is as much as listening exercise, as an engineering one. How much can you understand ?Which presenter is easier to understand, the young lady or the man from USA ?
Match the term to the definition:
friction: the product of a body’s mass and its velocity
compression: not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially
momentum: the resistance when a body is moved in contact with another
synthetic: an increase in the density of something
What is ‘friction’ ?
Listen out for ‘thus’ / exert a force / kinetic (UK pronunciation) /
Rephrase (put it in your own words):
- what is friction ?
- How is it caused ?
- What types of friction are there ?
- What are the three types of dynamic friction