2.1 What are Stars?

Resources, Paul Fitz-Gerald's Files, Russell Downie's Files,

Classroom Activities, Useful Websites

Course Planning


Text Resources

  • Freedman, RA & Kaufmann, WJ 2002, Universe, 6th edn, WH Freeman and Company, New York.
  • Pasachoff, JM 2001, Astronomy from the Earth to the Universe, Brooks/Cole, New York.

Audiovisual Resources

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

  • Marcom Projects: Modern Physics & Cosmology, Origins Back to the Beginning 1 & 2, Origins, Stars of the Universe, What are Stars?
  • VEA: Stars: Birth to Death, The Big Bang, Destination Cosmos

Innovative Physics: Connecting Physics to Industry

This is material from the CDROM produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD). The material includes: Practical activities, Investigations, Materials testing, Careers information and profiles and an extensive annotated list of web-links.

To access the page click here.

The author was Cameron Bell. The support of the following is acknowledged: Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing- Swinburne University of Technology, Prof Matthew Bailes, Dr Chris Fluke, Dr Sarah Maddison and Stuart Gill, and Keith Burrows, formerly of Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School.

Files from TalkPhysics, the UK Physics Teachers Network

To access other files just register at their website.

Relevant papers from recent Physics Teachers Conferences

Papers from the 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference

Paul Fitz-Gerald's Files

At the 2008 Physics Teachers' Conference Paul presented a session on teaching the Astronomy Area of Study. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Paul teaches at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School.

Russell Downie's Files

At the 2014 Physics Teachers' Conference Russell presented a session on teaching the Astronomy to Year 10 with lab based practical work. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Russell teaches at PLC.

Classroom Activities

Useful Websites

Useful Video Websites