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This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Jim Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. 

It rewards new understanding of the universe's structure and history by Jim Peebles from his analysis of Background Radiation to predict the shape of the universe and the distribution of matter and energy.

It also acknowledges the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system by Michel and Didier.

Below are resources that provide some background to their achievements for both students and teachers as well a material to display in the classroom.
Jim Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz
 
The next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network will be on Thursday, 17th October at Melbourne Girls' College starting at 5:00pm.  Teachers are welcome to these meetings. If you wish to come, please email Vicphysics
 
Frances Sidari (Pres), Jane Coyle (Vice-Pres), Dan O'Keeffe (Sec) and Terry Tan (Treas)
 
Table of Contents
  1. Nobel Prize in Physics for 2019
  2. Survey for Review of Physics Study Design
  3. Events for Students and General Public
  • Physics Competitions entries are due this week.
  • The Cosmic Perspective, 6:30pm, 18th October, Swinburne University
  • Brian Cox, A Symphonic Universe, 11:00am, 15th November, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre
  • Mystery Guest, 7:00pm, 29th November, Swinburne University
  • Physics Days at Luna Park in 2020
 
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1. Nobel Prize in Physics for 2019
James Peebles was born in Canada in 1935 and works at Princeton University in the US.  Both Michel Mayor (1942- ) and Didier Queloz (1966 - ) are Swiss and work at the University of Geneva.

Resources on this year's Nobel Prize in Physics:
  • Press release . A one page summary by the Nobel Committee
  • Secrets in the Background Radiation.  A poster showing how Jim Peebles used the Background Radiation to predict the shape of the universe and the distribution of matter and energy.
  • Radial Velocity Method.  A poster explaining the Radial Velocity Method to detect exo-planets.
  • Transit Photometry Method.  A poster explaining the Transit Photometry method to detect exo-planets.
  • Popular Science Background.  A nine page pdf explaining the physics of this Nobel Prize in an accessible way for students and the general public.
  • Scientific Background.  A 26 page pdf explaining the physics in more detail with some equations and graphs and accessible to teachers.
Reports from the Physics Press
PhysicsWorld , Physics Today , American Institute of Physics,

Posters
Each year the Nobel Prize Committee produces a poster explaining each Nobel Prize.  They are eye catching and instructive displays for the classroom.  The poster for this year's prize should be available later this year, but the posters from previous years are available as a free download from here.  The webpage also has the two Background papers for each Nobel Prize.

2. Survey for Review of Physics Study Design
VCAA is conducting a review of the Physics Study Design.  They have asked Vicphysics to conduct a survey of physics teachers on aspects of Units 1 and 2 of the current study design to inform the development of the next study design.

The survey is anonymous and responses will be treated with strict confidentiality.  Vicphysics will provide the VCAA with a report of the aggregated data.  The survey will close on 18th October.  The survey can be accessed here.
 
a) Competition Entries are due this week b) The Cosmic Perspective , 6:30pm, 18th October, Swinburne University
Dr Ned Taylor from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University will present the talk in EN103.  For more details and to book, click here.

c)  Brian Cox, A Symphonic Universe, 11:00am, 15th November, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre
An MSO Education Concert for upper primary and secondary students.  Be whisked through space and time by Professor Cox in this science meets music, special schools-only event. Joining Professor Cox on stage will be conductor Daniel Harding, to lead the Orchestra through some of classical music’s most universal repertoire.

MSO Education Concerts for secondary schools offer you and your students the opportunity to explore the power of music in colourful, engaging, narrative-based concert experiences.

Recommended for secondary school-aged students, with broader suitability at the discretion of teachers.

To discuss the suitability of this content to the learning interests and needs of your students, please feel free to contact the MSO education team: schools@mso.com.au.
Important information
Ticket price: $17 per ticket, one free teacher per 10 students  Duration: 50min.
To book tickets, click here.


d) Mystery Guest, 7:00pm, 29th November, Swinburne University
A special End of Year Lecture in ATC101.  For more details and to book, click here.

e) Physics Days at Luna Park. Bookings are now open
The dates for 2020 are Tuesday, 3rd March to Friday, 6th March.

Bookings are due to open today for next year's Physics Days at Luna Park, click on 'Events'.  You can make a booking for a particular day this year and change your day once your timetable for 2020 is known. But please remember to notify Luna Park on any change of date at least a fortnight before the event.
An aerobatic display by a member of the Roulettes has been requested, but confirmation is often not provided before February next year.

 

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