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Material from Recent Physics Teachers Conferences

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Introductory Light Activities

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A set of a large number short practical activities intended to stimulate students' curiosity about what light is and what it can do. The students generate questions that they would like answers to. These become the basis of a later assessment task at the end of the unit in which the student can choose their own set of questions to answer. Prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Kinaesthetic Activities to teach Waves and Optics

2.87 MB

Powerpoint by Louise Mason, St Leonard's College

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Kinaesthetic Activities to teach Waves and Optics Support materials 1

29.2 kB

Calculating the speed of light, by Louise Mason, St Leonard's College

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Kinaesthetic Activities to teach Waves and Optics Support materials 2

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Calculating the speed of light with chocolate by Louise Mason, St Leonard's College

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Kinaesthetic Activities to teach Waves and Optics Support materials 3

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Snell's Law Derivation by Louise Mason, St Leonard's College

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Kinaesthetic Activities to teach Waves and Optics Support materials 4

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Snell's Law Triangles by Louise Mason, St Leonard's College

Easy and Engaging Light Pracs by Spiros Liacos at 2014 Conference. These and others are also available at Liacos Educational Media.

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Convex and Concave Mirrors Prac

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Prac sheet by Spiros Liacos from Cheltenham Secondary College

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Convex and Concave Lenses Prac

24.3 kB

Prac sheet by Spiros Liacos from Cheltenham Secondary College

Adobe PDF

Refraction Prac

224 kB

Prac sheet by Spiros Liacos from Cheltenham Secondary College

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Reflection Prac

104 kB

Prac sheet by Spiros Liacos from Cheltenham Secondary College

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Total Internal Reflection Prac

262 kB

Prac sheet by Spiros Liacos from Cheltenham Secondary College

Resources

Text Resources

  • Cameron, J.R. and Skofronik, J.G. 1978 Medical Physics, Wiley
  • Giancoli, D.C. 2014 Physics: Principles with applications, Pearson
  • Greenler, R 1990, Rainbow, Haloes and Glories, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
  • Minnaert, M 1993, Light and Color in Outdoors, Springer Verlag, New York.

Audiovisual Resources

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

Marcom Projects: Light Fantastic, How Telescopes Work, 'Light, Optics and Electricity', Polarisation of Light, Properties of Waves, Rainbows and Red Skies, Refraction and Images, Waves, Sound and Electromagnetism, What is Light

VEA: The Rainbow

Videos

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Generic

Dyes in Milk

11.8 MB

Three dyes are added to milk in a petri dish. A drop of detergent is then added and the dyes mix. Light, colour. 1 min avi file.

Generic

Crown Glass in Glycerol

11.3 MB

Crown glass block disapppears in glycerol. Ending missing. Light, refractive index. 48 sec Quick time file.

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Classroom Activities

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Microsoft Word

Introductory Light Activities

191 kB

A set of a large number short practical activities intended to stimulate students' curiosity about what light is and what it can do. The students generate questions that they would like answers to. These become the basis of a later assessment task at the end of the unit in which the student can choose their own set of questions to answer. Prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network.

Microsoft Word

Concave Mirror Problems

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One page of problems on Concave mirrors.

Microsoft Word

Light Introductory Prac

79.9 kB

This document is an introductory practical activity to Light. It is done as the first two periods of the unit. The students go from station to station doing each task and answering questions. At the end the students generate context questions. These questions can be collected, compiled and given back to them. The students then use their further study of light to answer a set of the questions, and submit them at the end of the unit. The activities done will depend on the equipment available. At the end of the document there are two activities on telescopes and microscopes, using lenses. These are difficult for students.

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Light Presentation Information

25.1 kB

Student handout of requirements for a presentation (in either poster or PowerPoint format) that can be used for assessment.

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Refraction & Total Internal Reflection

26.1 kB

Refraction & Total Internal Reflection prac worksheet Pracs use lightbox and semi-circular plastic accessory.

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Thinking About Light

29.2 kB

A thought provoking paper by Russell Downie

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Assessment Ideas

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Microsoft Word

Wave Light Test

132 kB

A Test for Wave-like Properties of Light.

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Context Questions

44.5 kB

A set of questions generated by students from the introductory activity.

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Light Problems

33.8 kB

A set of more challenging problems.

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Light Revision 1

22.5 kB

Revision Notes on Rectilinear Propagation, Reflection and Image Formation with Plane and Curved Mirrors.

Microsoft Word

Light Revision 2

24.6 kB

Revision Notes on Colour, Refraction, Total Internal Reflection and Image Formation with Lenses.

Microsoft Word

Light Test 1

24.6 kB

Test on Rectilinear Propagation, Reflection and Image Formation with Plane and Curved Mirrors.

Microsoft Word

Light Test 2

23 kB

Test on Colour, Refraction, Total Internal Reflection and Image Formation with Lenses.

Microsoft Word

Light Test 1

206 kB

Test of Plane and Concave mirrors.

Microsoft Word

Presentation Assessment

26.6 kB

Assessment Criteria for a presentation task.

Microsoft Word

Summary

27.1 kB

This is a revision document. It is a list of the different things students need to know and be able to do. It will need to be modified for the current course.

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Light Test

90.6 kB

Test of a previous version of this Area of Study. It will need to be modified to be used for the current course. It is 10 pages long.

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IT Applications

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Presentation on Colour

212 kB

Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on aspects of colour - absorption, reflection of light by coloured objects, components of white light, etc.

Useful Websites

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