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Conference 2011

2011 Physics Teachers Conference was held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th February at Monash University, Clayton VICTORIA

The Program included

  • An opening address on 'Exploring student difficulties with mechanics and electricity' by Prof Dick Gunstone, Monash University accompanied by Pam Mulhall of the University of Melbourne and Brian McKittrick,
  • A Physics Oration on 'The Physics of the Large Hadron Collider' by Prof Geoffrey Taylor, University of Melbourne,
  • Five sessions of 50 workshops in the day and evening program on the Friday.
  • Extensive display of texts and equipment.
  • Saturday Tour of the Australian Synchrotron,the Soundhouse and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre.

The 'Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament' and the 'AIP Physics Photo and Video Clip Contests' were promoted at the conference. For details go the "Events".

The Committee's programs: 'Support for New Teachers: In-Services and Mentor Scheme' and the 'Travelling Scholarship' were also promoted. For information go to "News"

Conference Proceedings

Addresses, Chief Assessor's Report,

Workshops, Audio Downloads

Opening Address and Physics Oration




Microsoft Powerpoint

Opening Address by Prof Dick Gunstone

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The Chief Assessor's Report




Microsoft Excel

The Grade Points

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A spreadsheet of the grade points for the years 1999- 2016. The grade point is the raw score cut off for a particular grade. The cumulative percentage of candidates is also included alongside the raw score. The table also has the mean and standard deviation for each exam. The data for 2017 becomes available some time in Term 1.

Microsoft Word

General Marking Principles

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by Bruce Walsh, the Chief Assessor. Distributed at the 2011 Physics Teachers Conference.

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The Chief Assessor's Report on the June and November 2010 Exams

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The PowerPoint presentation by Bruce Walsh, the Chief Assessor.

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Workshops on specific Areas of Study: Material can be downloaded from the page for the Study. Click on link

  • A3: Applying Physics to Patient Care by Chris Fox, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Medical Physics
  • B6: The Smarties model for Electric Circuits by Dr Christina Hart. Electricity
  • B7: Prac Ideas in Sound by Kelvin Barraclough, Gisborne Secondary College. Sound
  • B12: Teaching the Detailed Study - Further Electronics by Dr Murray Anderson, Camberwell Grammar School. Further Electronics
  • C7: Flight and the Use of Wind Tunnels by Dr Murray Anderson, Camberwell Grammar School and Peter Cheung, Nagle College. Flight
  • C12: Practical Activities for Light by Helen Lye, ACER, Dan O'Keeffe, AIP Education Committee. Unit 2 Light
  • C13: Practical Activities for Photonics by Craig Anderson and Mark McPherson, Leongatha Secondary College Photonics




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Using 'Conceptual Understanding Procedures' (CUPs) in the teaching of Motion

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Material from the workshop by Pam Mulhall, University of Melbourne at the 2011 Physics Teachers Conference.

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C13, E1: Amazing fun Physics Tools & Gadgets that will teach, engage & connect

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A pdf file from the workshop presented by Prof Bunsen Science

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A7, C2: The Virtual Lab - Using Learning Objects in VCE Physics

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A pdf file from the workshop presented by Justin Vincent from Warrnambool College


Beyond The Electronic Filing Cabinet - Delivering VCE Physics Online And Interactive

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The pptx presentation by Bruce Carpenter, Bendigo Senior Secondary College

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Technology in the Physics classroom

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Material (pdf) from the presentation by Phil Jones, The Logical Interface.

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StudyON: for VCE Physics - Want to Improve Your Students’ Exam Results?

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The brochure for the StudyON product by John Wiley & Sons

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StudyON: for VCE Physics - Topic List

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List of topics from the VCE Physics Areas of Study in Units 1 and 2 for the StudyON product by John Wiley & Sons.

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Audio Downloads

Samples: The first 10 minutes of the presentation.

Audio files of the full presentation.

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