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Some tips and motivational ideas.
Advice on strategies that prepare Physics students for VCE exams.
A table containing down one side a list of the common errors by students in physics exams, e.g. 'power of ten' error. Students are encouraged, after each test or practice exam, to use the sheet to identify and record where they lost marks, to think about whether there is a pattern developing, and if so, devise a strategy to eliminate the error.
A set of reminders to assist students when they are preparing their own four page summary. The summary can be on a single A3 sheet or two A4 pages taped together. NOTE: This is NOT a four page summary.
Advice on using the reading time, what to do when you get into difficulties with a question, and your attitude during an exam, plus numerous handy hints on exam technique.
A 14 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 3 Area of Study "Motion in one and two dimesnions'.
A 5 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 3 Area of Study 'Electronics and photonics'.
A 5 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 3 Detailed Study 'Materials and their use in structures'.
A 9 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 3 Detailed Study 'Further electronics'.
A 7 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 4 Detailed Study 'Sound'.
A 8 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 4 'Electric Power'.
A 6 page summary in 'Word' of the Key Knowledge for the VCE Physics Unit 4 'Interactions of Light and Matter'.
Also check here for additional revision material on specific topics compiled by Colin Hopkins.
Practice revision questions from old exams and detailed exam solutions for recent VCE Physics Exams are also available.
Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament
The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee has established a competition for Year 11 physics students. In the course of the year, in teams of three, students will carry out a range of experimental investigations drawn from a common set, then later in the year on the first week in December, present and defend their findings in scientific discussions with other teams.
More details can be found here
Melbourne University talks for VCE Students
Lectures have been arranged to assist your students in years 11 and 12 of VCE Physics. The topics are relevant to the VCE Study Design, and practising physicists have agreed to deliver them. The lectures, of about 1 hour duration, will be held on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Laby Theatre of the School of Physics. Some light refreshments will be available
Information about the lectures can be found here.
Astronomy Public Lectures at Swinburne University
The full lecture program can be found at here.
Australian Aerospace Competition: Closing date late May each year
The Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) are proud to present the Australian Aerospace Competition. This competition is open to Australian Year 12 students, and encourages critical thinking about aerospace and engineering concepts. Applicants are asked to respond to a question in 150 words or less.
The best answer wins entry into the AYAF (See below). Applications closed early June each year. For more details visit AYAF.
The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) Queensland, early July each year
The AYAF is a five-day interactive forum open to 100 Year 12 and Year 11 students from all over Australia who are interested in a career in the Australian Aerospace Industry. It is a continuation of the Queensland Youth Aerospace Forum (QYAF) which has been enjoyed by hundreds of students over the past ten years. The forum will highlight aerospace engineering or avionics options for university and higher education and the employment possibilities in the industry after graduation.
AYAF is run by a team of young aerospace and avionics enthusiasts, many of whom are students studying related courses at university. AYAF will provide an invaluable opportunity for you to share their experiences of the industry and get advice on university life. Attendees will also visit two of Australia’s top aerospace engineering and avionics universities; the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Attendees will hear from lecturers, industry specialists and current engineering, aerospace avionics and science students about pathways into the aerospace industry, including new technologies and research projects. A hands-on approach to experiencing the excitement of aerospace is fostered through group projects.
The forum provides accommodation on campus at the University of Queensland, Brisbane for only $150. This was the only cost other than travel. Some interest in flight and aerospace was expected, so Year 12 students who did ‘Flight’ in Year 11 are encouraged to apply to AYAF.
Workshop on 'Materals and their use in structures'
The University of Ballarat runs workshops for students from late March until early June each year. Check Materials page for Information sheet and booking form.
VCE Physics Days at Luna Park
VCE Physics Days are held at Luna park in the first week of March each year. The activity is designed for Year 12 students. Check this website under 'Events' for details of the worksheets and arrangements for each of the days.
Australian Student Mineral Venture (ASMV)
The annual Southern ASMV is open to students who are in Years 10, 11 or 12 in any school in southern Australia. The ASMV is a twelve day tour of Victoria and Tasmania (Dates in 2010: 9th - 20th January) visiting minesites, mineral processing plants, geological locations, research laboratories and university facilities. The aim is to introduce students to professional careers within the minerals industry, and of course, to promote the corresponding courses on offer through the School of Science and Engineering at University of Ballarat and other Australian universities. Students meet and spend time onsite with metallurgists, geologists, engineers and environmental scientists. They will have an opportunity to talk to these people about their responsibilities, training and career paths and in so doing, gain an invaluable insight into each role.
Check here for details.