1. VCE Physics Teachers Conference, Friday, 18th February
The VCE Physics Teachers’ Conference in 2022 jointly organised by STAV and Vicphysics, will take place on Friday 18 February 2022. It will be a virtual conference. There will be synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) sessions.
Registration is available at the STAV website . The program is available there and also on the Vicphysics website.
If you register you will get on-going access to all the presentations, both live and pre-recorded. So if your school is not able to cover your classes on the day, you can still gain the benefits of the conference.
This conference will also feature a Conference Forum, open from Monday, 7th February, principally for participants to lodge questions for the presentation on the 2021 Physics Exam paper, but also to ask questions and comment on all the other presentations.
- Individual STAV member: $99
- School STAV member: $198
- Non-member: $264
- Presenter/ Moderator: Complimentary
- Pre-Service Teacher: $55
- Retired Teacher: $55
The program includes:
- Keynote address: Innovations in Electricity is !00% renewable now possible? with Dr Bob Sheehy
- Three sessions of live workshops, each with six workshops on offer
- Seven asynchronous sessions which will be available to be viewed from 11th February.
- VCAA Update and Unpacking assessment in the new VCE Physics Study Design with Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager at VCAA
- Review of the 2021 VCE Physics Examination by Andrew Hansen, Chief Assessor. A summary of the report will be available on video prior to the conference for teachers to view and add questions to the Conference Forum which will be addressed on the day by Andrew.
2. High Speed Video captures the physics of snapping your fingers
This article in Science News for Students effectively summarises recent research on the physics of snapping your fingers, including a high speed video. This and other articles in the magazine are well written for a Year 9 and 10 audience, each article has a glossary at the bottom to help students with any unfamiliar words. If you go to 'All Topics' you can search for 'Physics', which has over 500 articles. There were 12 articles for 'quark'.
The article also has a link to the actual research paper in The Journal of The Royal Society, which has some useful graphs on friction during the snap.
3. Vicphysics matters
- Subscriptions: Vicphysics has changed its subscription model. From now on, subscriptions will last for a year from the day payment is received. So if you start a new subscription this week, the renewal date will be in January 2023. Previously any new subscription expired on the same date of 28th February, 2022.
For current subscribers, your renewal date is still 28th February 2022.
- Tutor Listing Service: The website has a Tutor Listing Service. There are now four tutors listed. If you tutor and wish to add your name to the list, please check the website.
4.Seeking a Physics teacher? Seeking a new position?
a) School Positions
The Vicphysics Teachers' Network has a Job Ads page to assist schools in finding a physics teacher.
There is four (4) schools seeking a physics teacher:
The webpage is updated every weekend. The webpage also has a link on how schools can register a position and lodge a payment for this service.
b) Tutoring Position
- Virtual School Victoria (closes 17th February)
- Mornington Secondary College (closes 10th February)
- Bayside P - 12 College (closes 9th February)
- Werribee Secondary College (closes 9th February)
TSFX has placed an ad on our website seeking a teacher for tutoring:
Wanted: VCE Physics Teachers (& Other Subjects)
Position: Casual weekly teaching appointment (TSFX Master Classes) outside school hours.
No marking, no meetings, no parent-teacher interviews, no writing.. Detailed course notes will be provided. Excellent PD opportunity.
Commencement Date: From Monday 21 February 2022
Venue: In-person classes = Melbourne University (Parkville). Live-streamed classes = TSFX office in Essendon
Additional Info . Contact: Andrew Murchie (9663 3311 or 0439 036 561)
5. Events for Students
6. Events for Teachers
a) Inspiring Future Women in Science - Live Q&A: 8:00am Friday, 11th February
In celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Perimeter Institute (Canada) is bringing together an astronomer, a chemical engineer, a medical student, and a construction and facility management professional to answer high school students’ questions about the rewards, challenges, and possibilities of a career in these fields. During the 60-minute online session, students can submit questions using their Q&A text tool and vote on other students’ questions.
The event is being held at 4pm, Thursday 11th,Toronto time, which corresponds to 8:00am Melbourne time on the Friday. The event is open to all students.
Students and teachers can register here . The site has details of the guests.
b) Physics Days at Luna Park: Tues 8th March to Fri, 11th March - Aerobatic Displays
If the time is inconvenient, the presentations from previous years, going back to 2015, can be viewed at the above link. Each has a similar format. In the past students have asked questions on topics including productivity tips, which extracurricular activities to pursue, work-life balance, choosing the right career path, how to stand out from the competition and what’s the one thing you wish you knew in high school?.
This year Physics Days at Luna Park will be on the above dates. You can make a booking here.
The cost will be $29.50 per student with teachers free. Schools are invoiced after the event based on the number of your students who pass through the turnstiles.
There will be aerobatic displays on both Thursday, 10th and Friday, 11th. On each day the Display will be at 10:00am with the Physics Day at Luna Park starting at 10:30am and finishing at 2:30pm.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the days will start at 10:00am and finish at 2:00pm.
Details about worksheets including ones for the aerobatic display, costs, etc. are on our website.
COVID: A correction to this item in the previous newsletter: The policy as in the Education Dept's Operations Guide applies.
c) Moon Camp Challenge
Moon Camp is an education project run in collaboration between European Space agency (ESA ) and the Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. Students are challenged to design their own Moon settlement with the free 3D modelling tool, Tinkercad. It features preparatory classroom activities that focus on learning by design and science experimentation.
There are three levels of challenge from beginner to advanced for students from upper primary to senior secondary, with at least two levels available to any student.
Students can compete in teams of up to 6.
Registrations opened last year and entries are due by 21st April, 2022.
d) Future Event: Online Revision Lecture, Sunday, 11th September
Vicphysics will continue to offer an online revision lecture for Year 12 students. This year it will be on Sunday, 11th September. Registration will open later this year. For more details click here.
a) Synchrotron Excursion Taster: 9:00am, Saturday, 19th February. Cancelled
This event has been cancelled because access is not available to the technical floor and the labs.
It is hoped that the event cane be re-scheduled to Term 2 in time for those who may wish to book an excursion for Unit 4 content.
For details of the programs on offer , please check the Synchrotron website .
b) Beginning Physics Teachers' In-Service, Monday, 11th April at John Monash Science School
The Beginning Physics Teachers' In-Service will be held during the Term 1 holidays on Monday, 11th April.
7. Physics News from the Web
The program will include practical activities demonstrated by experienced teachers, Sessions on teaching techniques and assessment strategies along with a presentation by the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen on preparing students for the VCE Physics exam.
Cost: $40 which includes lunch. ($20 for Vicphysics subscribers)
Information about the program and the link to register can be found here.
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.
a) How the Web went global after arriving in Silicon Valley from CERN
Everyone knows that the World Wide Web was invented at CERN in Switzerland, but the technology really began to take off when it reached the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California’s Silicon Valley. This podcast explains how today's Web was forged by physicists and entrepreneurs with a common vision of a connected future. Also check this article.
b) The conundrum at the heart of quantum physics – and how philosophers of science can help
No amount of physics can dispel oddities like Schrödinger’s cat being neither dead nor alive before being observed, or single electrons creating interference patterns in the double-slit experiment.
Philosophers of science are pursuing at least three approaches to these puzzles. The first investigates how (and why) quantum mechanics seems to contradict our assumptions and habits about what humans can know. The second examines the origins of quantum mechanics: how and why physicists had to build such a perverse theoretical structure in the first place. Finally, philosophers are looking at whether we should modify our assumptions about knowledge so we can agree on what it all means.
c) Solar panels can heat the local urban environment, systematic review reveals
A systematic review of 116 papers looking at how solar panels affect the surrounding environment has found that they can significantly warm cities during the day. This heating can also affect the performance of the photovoltaic (PV) systems, the study found. The researchers suggest future work should focus on increasing the reflectance of wavelengths of sunlight not converted to electricity.
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