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How fast can things go?

Resources, Classroom Activities,

Assessment Ideas, IT Applications

For resources on special relativity click here.

Teaching Resources

Course planning

For advice on planning the whole year click here.

Text Resources

  • Murray, NW 1994, When It Comes to the Crunch: The Mechanics of Car Collisions, World Scientific, Singapore.
  • Tao, PK 1987, The Physics of Traffic Accident Investigation, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

  • Marcom Projects: Collisions, Motion, Force & Gravity, Physics of Fun (Funparks, Circuses and Stunts), Physics of Motion, Roller Coaster Physics, Vectors, Work = Force x Distance
  • VEA: Gravitation, Projectile Motion

Videos

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Egg and fitted sheet

8.01 MB

Students throw a raw egg at a fitted sheet hung from the ceiling. Motion, air bag, impulse. 23 sec avi file.

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Newton's 3rd law of Motion

34.1 MB

An ASPEN video showing a stoppered and tilted test tube of ether on an air tack glider. The ether is warmed by a small burner. The pressure increases, then pushes the stopper from the tube, the glider goes backwards. Motion, Newton's 3rd Law, rockets. 1:50 min mpeg file. ASPEN is the Asian Physics Education Network, a group which operates under the auspices of UNESCO to promote and communicate developments in university physics education in the Asian region.

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Projectile Motion

26.3 MB

An ASPEN video showing a trolley with a small vertical cannon. Video from a stationary position and from moving with the trolley show horizontal and vertical components of projectile motion Motion, Projectile motion, components. 1:25 min mpeg file. ASPEN is the Asian Physics Education Network, a group which operates under the auspices of UNESCO to promote and communicate developments in university physics education in the Asian region.

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Flying Boomerang in free fall in a spacecraft

742 kB

Inside an orbiting space craft a boomerang is thrown and returns. Motion, flight, lift. 19 sec mp4 file.

Youtube Videos

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Filename

Filesize

Adobe PDF

Unit 3 in 2016 Youtube videos

152 kB

A file produced by Yibo Zhao from the Distance Education Centre for Year 12 students doing Unit 3 in 2016. It contains a weekly program of content and supporting Youtube videos with active links, many of which Yibo produced himself. It covers the topics of Motion and Electronics and photonics.

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Classroom Activities

VCE Physics Days at Luna Park

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Filename

Filesize

Adobe PDF

Worksheets for Unit 3 Motion

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Worksheets for experiments for Unit 3 Motion

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Assessment Ideas

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Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Assessment Task: Data Analysis for Motion Area of Study

46.6 kB

An assessment task that is an extension of the analysis of three experiments: centripetal acceleration, potential energy in a spring, and kinetic energy and momentum in a collision.

Microsoft Word

Assessment Task: Annotations of Practical Activities for Motion Area of Study

228 kB

This is a six page document that considers what is meant by 'Annotations ...' and gives an example of how an assessment task might be designed for the Motion Area of Study.

Note: The assessment tasks are drafts with questions incorporated to guide discussion at the Unit 3 Course Planning Days. Final versions wil be available in December.

IT Applications

Useful Websites

For websites that cover several topics, click here.

Apps and Applets

Apps

A quick browse of the internet revealed some potentially useful Physics apps that might be worth checking out. Go to iTunes and search for the title from the table below.

TitleMakerCost(US$)Description
Simple Physics Andrew Garrison $0.99 Lets you design complex structures for everything from tree houses to ferris wheels and then simulates your design. The cost of the design is also determined.
Vernier Video Physics Vernier $2.99 Video analysis software
Messenger NASA Free Provides information that Messenger, NASA's Mission to Mercury, sends back every day
SparkVue Pasco Free Real time measurement of position, vel and accel'n as well as connection to Pasco sensors.
Khan Academy Physics 1, 2, ... Khan Academy Free Set of instructional videos
Coaster Physics Ziconic $0.99 Design and ride your own roller coaster, gives speed, acceleration and g-forces as you ride along.
Phyzios Studio Phyzios Free Draw objects of any material and watch them interact according to the laws of physics.

Applets

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