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Resources

Below are relevant documents prepared by members of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network Inc.

In August 2015, a networking meeting to share ideas on the teaching of Thermodynamics was held after the monthly meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network. The file below is the product of that exercise.

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Resources for Thermodynamics

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This list of resources was generated at the networking meeting held in August 2015. It covered possible practical activities, strategies for addressing the issues section and unpacking the dot points.

These and numerous other resources can be found here.

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The Science of Climate Change: the story

3.14 MB

A 24 page document on the Science of Climate Change prepared by Vicphysics Teachers' Network Inc. It features numerous colour images. It covers i) The Earth’s atmosphere, ii) Electromagnetic radiation, iii) Greenhouse Effect, iv) Climate Models, v) What do climate models predict?, vi) Interpreting data, vii) Climate change impacts.

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The Science of Climate Change

8.66 MB

A presentation described at the STAV Feb 2010 teachers conferences by Keith Burrows AIP (Vic Branch) education Committee.

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PowerPoint

8.8 MB

This is the presentation from the March 2010 AIP Climate Change workshop. It complements the document 'The Science of Climate Change: The story. Prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network.

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Climate Science Lite

9.37 MB

A somewhat less technical presentation on climate science. KB

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Climate Science presentation

8.8 MB

This is the presentation given by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network. It is the same one listed on the next page as 'AIP Power Point'

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Climate Science - Brief

7.13 MB

A brief intro to some climate science

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Climate Science - Physics and Chem conferences 2015

18.6 MB

An intro to climate science

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Classroom Activities

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A set of questions from the Introductory Activity on Thermodynamics

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The questions generated by students from short practical exercises. The list is accompanied by two wide ranging tasks for students.

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Introductory Activity on Thermodynamics

50.2 kB

A set of short practical exercises to introduce students to thermal phenomena and to stimulate a curiosity about possible explanations by asking them to generate questions to which they would like answers.

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Homework Activities

68.6 kB

11 pages of activities to be done at home, including practical activities.

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Heat Capacity of Aluminium

22 kB

A prac sheet on determining the heat capacity of Aluminium

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Practical Investigation on Thermodynamics

29.7 kB

A practical investigation into energy transfer processes in which students design, construct then test a thermos for a plastic cup of hot water using a range of recycled and reverse garbage material.

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Thermodynamics Homework

68.6 kB

A set of written and practical tasks to do at home.

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Template for making a Spectroscope using a CD

346 kB

Template prepared by the UK's National Physical Laboratory for their 'Protons for Outreach' program. The template is based on one published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Instructions for making a Spectroscope using a CD

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Instructions prepared by the UK's National Physical Laboratory for their 'Protons for Outreach' program. The design is based on one published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Relevant papers from recent Physics Teachers' Conferences

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Teaching Thermodynamics

2.55 MB

This is a powerpoint on i) the new concepts in this Area of Study that might require some consideration of the language used in explining them to students, ii) possible practical activities and iii) assessment tasks. It is prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network for the 2016 Physics Teachers' Conference.

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Conceptual problems in teaching Thermodynamics

403 kB

This is a powerpoint was prepared by Yuriy Verkhatsky, Gleneagles Secondary College for the 2016 Physics Teachers' Conference.

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The Opening Address by Prof David Jamieson

2.34 MB

This is the powerpoint compressed as a pdf of Prof Jamieson's talk on 'Thermodynamics and Climate Change' at the 2015 Physics Teachers' Conference.

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Graeme Pearman's Presentation Science Society and Us

2.19 MB

Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation at the March 19 2011 Science Teacher's Climate Change workshop

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Graeme Pearman's Presentation Pricing Carbon

435 kB

Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation on Pricing Carbon at the STCA Workshop 19 March 2011

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Climate Change - Science, Society and Us, Dr Graeme Pearman

2.22 MB

This is Dr Graeme Pearman's presentation from the SciTCA workshop 2 April 2012

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Keynote address by Dr Graeme Pearman

7.96 MB

Opening Powerpoint of Keynote address by Dr Graeme Pearman at the 2007 Physics Teachers' Conference. Note: The weather animations in two of the slides ar not available.

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Teaching the Physics of Climate Change: 1 The Physics

6.88 MB

presented by Keith Burrows, member of the AIP Education Committee, STAVCON 2008.

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Dr Graeme Pearman's Presentation from the Sept 2010 STCA workshop

9.47 MB

Dr Pearman gives a talk on 'Climate Change: Are we up to the Challenge?' He addresses three questions, What is the climate change issue?, What is it about us that causes this issue? and What is it about us that makes it hard to respond?

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Keynote address by Dr Graeme Pearman audio

61 MB

The audio file starts a few seconds after Dr Pearman begins. He talks for about 55 minutes.

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Useful Websites

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Assessment

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Test on Thermodynamics

53.8 kB

A short test on heat capacity, latent heat and heat transfer processes.

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