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.Last Friday's Physics Teachers' Conference was a very successful event, with great talks and stimulating workshops.  Some of the presenters' material has come in and is on our website.  If you haven't done the online evaluation, please takes a few minutes to complete it, the feedback is valuable to the presenters and to Vicphysics.

VCAA's 2019 Exam Report is now available.  Vicphysics is offering a short PD as part of the March meeting. There are also three schools seeking physics teachers.


The next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network will be on Wednesday, 11th March at St Columba's College, Essendon, starting at 5:30pm.   If you wish to come, please email Vicphysics

Jane Coyle (Pres), Dr Barbara McKinnon (Vice-Pres), Dan O'Keeffe OAM (Sec) and Paul Walters (Treas)
 
Table of Contents
  1. 2020 Physics Teachers Conference: What did you think of the conference, workshops, addresses, etc?
  2. 2020 Physics Teachers Conference Proceedings: Material provided so far
  3. Observation in Quantum Physics and Students' misconceptions  Follow up
  4. November 2019 Physics Exam: Chief Assessor's Report now on line
  5. Seeking a Physics Teacher? Seeking a job?
  6. Events for Students and General Public
        7. Events for Teachers
  • PD at Vicphysics Meeting, 6:30pm, Wednesday, 11th March, St Columba's College, Essendon
  • Vicphysics Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service, Tuesday, 31st March, Kew High School
        8. Physics News from the Web
  •  Why do people still believe in conspiracy theories?
  •  True, but not real
  •  The enduring enigma of the cosmic cold spot
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1. 2020 Physics Teachers' Conference Evaluation: What did you think of the conference, workshops, addresses, etc?
Your feedback is much valued by the conference organisers and presenters alike.  So if you can spare five minutes, we would appreciate completing the evaluation survey

The presenters of the following workshops have provided material for the conference proceedings. More will be added as they are submitted.
The material can be found at this conference webpage. Select 'conference proceedings'.
  • A2, D2 Physics Exam Review by Andrew Hansen, Chief Assessor (Also see item 4 below)
  • A4, D4 Making Physics Accessible - The Masterclass Experience by Victor Sam, Maribyrnong College and Soula Bennett, Quantum Victoria
  • A8 Using Mathematica by Brian Stokes, Monash University
  • A10, D10 Topics for Practical Investigation by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network
  • B4 Constructing DC motor from the kit by Gracie Saxena and Adrian Roberts, Bacchus Marsh Grammar School
  • B9 What now for Climate Science? by Keith Burrows, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • B10 From Physics to Applied Physics by Milorad Cerovac, Swinburne University
  • C5 Microcontrollers in the classroom by Milorad Cerovac, Swinburne University
  • D3 Developing an app for physics questions by Damian Bushby, Canterbury Girls' Secondary College
  • D7 Practical activities for Teaching U3 AOS 1 Fields by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School

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3. Observation in Quantum Physics and Students' misconceptions Another Resource
The last newsletter had a story about an article on 'Observation' in Quantum Physics,  'Observation in Quantum Physics in IOP's Physics Education.
Further research on this issue can be found in an article by local teacher, Amit Dutt, 'Making the transition from classical to quantum physics' in the ASTA magazine, Teaching Science, Volume 57, Number 4, December 2011, pp. 33 - 36.
The report can be downloaded from this VCAA webpage. The Vicphysics solutions to the exam paper have been updated with statistical data from the Report.
5. Seeking a Physics Teacher? Seeking a job?
Last year Vicphysics Teachers' Network set up a Job Ads page on our website to assist schools in finding a physics teacher, either to be a LSL replacement or to fill an ongoing position or just to cover an extended sick leave.
  • Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School is seeking a physics teacher to start in Term 2.
  • There are two Government schools seeking a physics teachers, McClelland Secondary College and Sale College.  
This webpage is updated every weekend.  The webpage also has a link on how schools can register a position and also lodge a payment for this service.

a) Physics Days at Luna Park: 3rd March - 6th March, 2020
The dates for 2020 are Tuesday, 3rd March to Friday, 6th March.

Bookings are open for next year's Physics Days at Luna Park, click on 'Events'.  Bookings are heavy with Friday close to capacity.
An aerobatic display by a member of the Roulettes has been requested, but confirmation is often not provided before March.
The Silly Serpent has been removed, two rides have been relocated and a new ride has been installed, called the Supernova, which is a rotating swing. A worksheet for the new ride is on our website .

If you wish to book a Pasco data logger, please contact Ciderhouse directly.

The Vicphysics website has an article by Prof Ann-Marie Pendrill and others on 'Teacher Roles during Amusement Park visits'.  Prof Pendrill from Sweden is an international expert on using amusement parks to teach physics.  She publishes regularly in 'Physics Education' and five of her articles are available on 'open access' at this website (look under 'most read').  One of the articles is on the rotating swing.

b)
Girls in Physics Breakfasts for 2020
2020 will be the fifth year of Girls in Physics Breakfasts. With the support of a Community Grant from Bank Australia, Vicphysics is able to continue the regional component and expand it to Mildura. The details for the program for 2020 are:

  • Mildura: Tuesday, 10th March with speaker: Dr Suzie Sheehy from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University on 'Colliding Worlds: Using particle physics to cure cancer'.
  • Ballarat: Friday, 13th March with speaker: Hilary Wilson from the Bureau of Meteorology on 'Measuring the atmosphere to predict the weather'
  • Geelong: Wednesday, 18th March with speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hinde from the University of Melbourne on 'Glow in the Dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell
  • Wodonga: Friday, 17th April with speaker: Dr Judy Hart from the University of New South Wales on 'Developing new materials for renewable energy'
  • Warrnambool: Friday, 1st May with speaker: Emeritus Professor Frances Separovic AO from the University of Melbourne on 'MRI of Molecules: Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry'.
  • Bendigo: Friday, 18th May with speaker: Dr Gail Iles from RMIT on 'Human spaceflight and science in space'.
  • Monash University: 2nd June with speaker: Dr Dianne Ruka from Monash University on 'Future Computing and Low Energy Electronics'.
  • Central Melbourne: Term 3 with the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics International lecturer for 2020 to be announced in April 2020.
Breakfasts with confirmed dates and speakers can now be booked.  Information is now on the Vicphysics website.
At a Girls in Physics Breakfast, students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three women with careers in physics or engineering or still at university.  In addition to the conversation at the table and the talk there are also activities on Careers in STEM.


Cost per student is $15 with the first teacher free. The cost for additional teachers was $15 each. A discount to $5 per student is available for schools with a low ICSEA rank. Discounts can be applied for by emailing Vicphysics .

Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there was an initial maximum of six (6) students per school. For regional events up to 12 students can be accommodated.

Bookings must be made through Trybooking. The link is the Vicphysics website.

Note: Payment needs to be made at the time of booking, so a school credit card or personal credit card will be required. School Orders are not accepted. There is a small Trybooking surcharge. If a school subsequently needs an invoice number for their accounts, or if a teacher is making the payment and needs a receipt for reimbursement, please contact Vicphysics

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8.  Events for Teachers

a) PD at Vicphysics meeting, 6:30pm, Wednesday, 11th March, St Columba's College, Essendon.
In the second half of the next Vicphysics meeting, Sandor Kazi from Melbourne Girls' College,  will talk about what he learned from seeing Eric Mazur in the US.  Eric Mazur is a distinguished Physics educator who has had a profound impact on physics pedagogy.  
Click here to register.

b) Vicphysics is organising a Beginning Physics Teacher In-Service on Tues, 31st March at Kew High School. 
Cost: Free, with a travel subsidy for regional participants.  Click here for more details and to register.

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9.   Physics from the Web
Items selected from the bulletin of the Institute of Physics (UK).
Each item below includes the introductory paragraphs and a web link to the rest of the article.

 
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