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Unit 3 Course Planning Days

Unit 3 Course Planning Days - November 2016

Units 3 and 4 of the new study design are to be implemented in 2017. The next Physics Teachers' Conference will be held in February after the school year has already started. So the Vicphysics Teachers' Network ran two Course Planning Days in late November 2016 focussing on the changes in Unit 3, that is, mainly the Fields Area of Study.

The programs for each day were the same and included:

  • Prof Dick Gunstone from Monash University speaking on 'Fields, Force, Energy and Potential: alternative conceptions, analogies and learning'
  • Prof Richard Morrow from University of Sydney speaking on 'The Physics of Lightning: A context for Electric Fields'
  • Theo Hughes from Monash University on 'Special Relativity: Unpacking the concepts'
  • Small Group Discussions on sample Assessment Tasks for Unit 3. A set of tasks were prepared and used as a basis for discussion and refinement.
  • Examples of Practical Activities related to the new content.

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Information for participants at the Unit 3 Course Planning Days

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Information on getting there and program details.

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Map of Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences

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Map showing location of registration and rooms.

Files from the presentations

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Fields, Force, Energy and Potential: alternative conceptions, analogies and learning

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The powerpoint of Prof Dick Gunstone's presentation at Unit 3 Course Planning Days in Nov 2016.

Adobe PDF

Understanding Electricity and Circuits: What the textbooks don't tell you.

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A 12 page article by Ian Sefton of the University of Sydney, mentioned as a useful resource at the Unit 3 Course Planning Days in Nov 2016. Highly recommended.

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Special Relativity Presentation by Theo Hughes, Monash University

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The Powerpoint from the Unit 3 Course Planning Days in November 2016.

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Introduction to Special Relativity Resources

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This is an introduction to the Resources submitted by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

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Special Relativity - Comments on Study Design

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Comments by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

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Special Relativity Slides: 'Wibbly Wobbly' Time Dilation No 1

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Powerpoint slides (11) provided by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

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Special Relativity Slides: Time Dilation No 2

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Powerpoint slides (11) provided by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

Adobe PDF

Photographing a relativistic metre stick

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A pdf file of this article by Robert Gibbs, published in Am J Phys in 1980.

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Special Relativity Slides: Twins Paradox

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Powerpoint slides (13) provided by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

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Special Relativity Slides: Muons

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Powerpoint slides (3) provided by Theo Hughes, Monash University for Unit 3 Course Planning Days, Nov 2016.

Additional files provided in the Registration Folder and in the Laboratory:

These files and individual components in the packages can also be accessed at the webpage on Course Planning and the webpages for the relevant Areas of Study.

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Paper Speaker

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Plans for paper speaker designed by Nick Nicola, University of Melbourne and edited by Paul Cuthbert, University High School

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Electric fields: Practical activities

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Three experiments: i) Coulomb's Law, ii) Electric field and Potential with teledeltos paper, iii) Electric Field and Potential in a straight wire. Prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network.

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Revision Problems for Coulomb's Law and Electric Fields

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30 Questions from Physics exams in the 1970's. Answers included. Compiled by Colin Hopkins, Bialik College.

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Resource Package

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The package of resource material in the registration folder including i) list of prcatical activities for Units 3 & 4, ii) sample course outline, iii) list iof misconceptions for Unit 3 content and iv) useful resources from Vicphysics Newsletters.

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Package of sample Assessment Tasks for Unit 3

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The package of sample tasks in the registration folder for the small group discussion.

Th following files of physics questions by Professors Dick Gunstone and Richard White is also worth checking out.