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The VCAA's Northern Hemisphere exam papers for 2021 are now available on their website.  The Vicphysics solutions are available on our website.

Check out the Physics of Sand Castles in 'Physics on the Web'.


The next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network will be on Wednesday, 8th September at 5:30pm. If you wish to participate, please contact Vicphysics.

Dr Barbara McKinnon (Pres), Sandor Kazi (Vice-Pres), Dan O'Keeffe OAM (Sec) and Deepa Jain (Treas)

Table of Contents
       1. Northern Hemisphere Exam paper and Solutions
       2.  Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership: Teaching Excellence program
       3. STAVCON: Call for Presenters
       4. Vicphysics matters
  • Subscriptions
  • Tutor Listing Service
       5. Seeking a Physics teacher? Seeking a new position?
       6. Events for Teachers and Lab Techs        7. Physics News from the Web 
  • Newly discovered planetary nebulae could improve cosmic distance measurements
  • Physicists innovate to close the global radiotherapy gap
  • Top tips for super sandcastles: Explore the weird world of sand
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1. VCAA's Northern Hemisphere exam papers and Vicphysics Solutions
VCAA holds its Northern Hemisphere exams in May. These exam papers are now available on the VCAA website .  There are three years of papers available. 
Vicphysics prepares solutions for these and the November exams.  Thee purpose of the help students and teachers when using these exams for revision.  The solutions are detailed to assist students who get a question wrong.  The solutions include a suggested marking scheme and once released by VCAA, the average mark for each question.  At the end of the solutions this is a batch of extra questions that can be asked using the information in the stem of the question.  Many of the exam questions have this potential.
Vicphysics solutions are available here.  You need to be a subscriber to access this webpage.

2. Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership: Teaching Excellence Program
This program is for highly skilled teachers from Catholic, government and independent schools. The program is a unique opportunity to strengthen and extend your evidence-based teacher practice.
The year long program includes:
  • 5 to 6 days of conferences spread throughout the year,
  • Half day masterclasses, 2 or 3 per term with discipline-based peers,
Applications close 15th September: Cost: a co-contribution of $500.
Fore more details, click here.
3. STAVCON: Call for Presenters
This year, STAV will holding STAVCON at La Trobe University.  The date is Friday 26 November 2021 in a face-to-face format.  Some sessions will be recorded and will be made available On Demand to all conference participants after the event.
 The duration of STAVCON’s workshops is typically 50 minutes. This includes time for participant questions, networking and discussion.
 As a not-for-profit organisation, STAV does not offer payment to its presenters .  All workshop presenters (and one co-presenter per workshop) will receive complimentary registration to the conference as well as an additional gift of thanks. If you are new to presenting, STAV support is available to mentor and guide you.
The 'Call for Sessions’ will close on Sunday, 19th September 2021.  Applications can be made here. If you have any questions, please contact: STAV Administration Officer
4. Vicphysics matters
  • Subscriptions: The free introductory offer has lapsed. To now access the Teachers resources section of the website a paid subscription is required. Details are at the bottom of the home page.
  • Tutor Listing Service: The website has a Tutor Listing Service.  There are now two tutors listed.  If you tutor and wish to add your name to the list, please check the website.
5.Seeking a Physics teacher? Seeking a new position?
The Vicphysics Teachers' Network has a Job Ads page to assist schools in finding a physics teacher.
There are two schools seeking a physics teacher:
  • Edgars Creek Secondary College (closes 25th August)
  • Maffra Secondary College (closes 31st August)
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.
 

a) Prac Workshop on Years 9 - 10 Physics. Afternoon of Tuesday, 14th September
Vicphysics is organising a half day workshop for science teachers. The focus will be on hands-on practical activities for the physics aspects of the Years 9 - 10 Science curriculum. 
The event will run from 2:00pm until 4:15pm and will be held at Camberwell Grammar School.
The cost is $80.
For information of the activities and registration, please click here.  The event is being organised jointly with Camberwell Grammar School.


b) Workshops for Lab Techs - Physics in Years 7 - 10. Weds, 15th Sept, Camberwell Grammar School

Purpose: To enhance the skills and confidence of laboratory technicians in supporting the physics aspects of the Years 7 – 10 Science Curriculum. The focus is on the resources commonly found in schools.

The program includes workshops on:

  • Learning new skills: i) Using and repairing multimeters, ii) Setting up a CRO for demonstrations with both analog and digital versions, iii) Using a Ruhmkorff coil for high voltage demonstrations. (45 mins each)
  • Quick Tests on Equipment to see if it is working or not plus a few hints on fixing stuff with Harvey Edwards from Principles and Practice. Some suggestions are i) Basic fault finding technique, ii) LED and other electronic component testing, Hodson Light Box lamps – common faults, iii) Power supplies (power packs) – testing, iv) Maintaining ac/dc hand generators. 1 hour)
  • Tips, tricks and techniques with sensor technologies with Doug Bail from Ciderhouse, to help you, teachers and students make the most of the digital data acquisition available to schools.  The workshop will include some experiments, chat through tips, maintenance, calibration and analyse some data to help you support the use of this equipment.  The session will use PASCO gear but is intended for support of all equipment and particular notes will be made of options available from other suppliers. ( 1 hour)
  • Safe handling of ionising radiation and storage of radioactive sources ( 45 mins)
  • Laboratory management hints and lab tour ( 45 mins)

Cost: $60. Lunch is provided.
For more details and to register, click here.

7.   Physics News from the Web
Items selected from the bulletin of the Institute of Physics (UK).

a) Newly discovered planetary nebulae could improve cosmic distance measurements

“Planetary nebulae are like Swiss Army Knives for extragalactic study,” says team member Robin Ciardullo at Penn State University in the US. “You can use them to learn about stellar dynamics, dark matter, stellar evolution, galactic chemical evolution, the history of galaxy clusters and, of course, measure extragalactic distances.”

b) Physicists innovate to close the global radiotherapy gap
Radiation therapy plays a vital role in the treatment of more than 50% of all cancer cases. But there’s a massive disparity in access to radiotherapy equipment as a function of a country’s income. In low- and middle-income countries, much of the population lacks access to radiation therapy. And in low-income countries, only 10% of patients have access to radiotherapy.

At a recent conference, speakers described some of the projects aiming to reduce the overall cost of delivering radiotherapy and improve access to effective cancer care for patients across the world.

c) Top tips for super sandcastles: explore the weird world of sand
Building sandcastles is one of the little pleasures of a holiday on the beach, but what do you really know about the science of these structures? Ian Randall grabs his bucket and spade to explore the weird world of sand science.

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