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VCE Lectures commence this week at a new time of 4:30pm and because of COVID, students need to register to attend.  On-line access is also available, but also by registration.

There is a  Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service on Thursday, 15th April at John Monash Science School.


The AAPT has produced some useful career activities and the Physics on the Web section features a comprehensive article on rainbows.

The next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network will be on Wednesday, 5th May at 5:30pm online. 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. Events for Students
  • VCE Lectures for students, University of Melbourne, starting 18th March.
  • Girls in STEM: Empowering Curiosity - Friday, 18th June
       2. More resources from AAPT
  • STEP UP: Resources on Careers in Physics
       3. Vicphysics Subscriptions
       4. Seeking a Physics Teacher? seeking a new position?
       5. Events for Teachers
  • Beginning Physics Teachers' In-Service, Thursday, 15th April
  • Big Ideas in Physics: A New Scientist Online Lecture Series
       6. Physics News from the Web 
  • Light could levitate micron-thin aircraft in earth's mesosphere
  • CERN collider has discovered 59 new hadrons since 2010
  • The Secrets of the Best Rainbows on Earth
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1. Events for Students

a) VCE lectures, University of Melbourne, starting Wednesday, 17th March
This series of lectures starts this Wednesday at a new time of 4:30pm and because of COVID students need to register to attend and they can also register to access the lectures on-line.  For details of the full program check here.

i) Is the world Digital or Analogue? 4:30pm Wednesday, 17th March
Speaker: Prof Roger Rassool, University of Melbourne
Abstract: "In this super digital age we live in, is analogue now obsolete?  Of course not!  Just ask Faraday, Lorentz, Coulomb and even Einstein. Join us for an exciting journey as we use the fundamental forces studied in year 12 physics and measure properties of the natural world.  Maybe we can then convince you that the "old" really is better.  One thing we do know for certain: in Physics, there is always Uncertainty - as Heisenberg knew."
Venue: Redmond Barry Building, Tin Alley, University of Melbourne

To register for audience tickets or to view the lecture online, click here . Registration is required

ii) Resistance is futile, 4:30pm, Wednesday 31st March
Speaker: Dr Stephan Rachel
Abstract: From simple electrical circuits (e.g. a battery connected to a light bulb) to one of the most fascinating states of quantum matter, a superconductor, we will discuss the role of resistance and how these things react to the presence of a magnetic field.

Venue: Redmond Barry Building, Tin Alley, University of Melbourne
To register for audience tickets or to view the lecture online, click here . Registration is required

iii) Glow in the dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell, 4:30pm, Wednesday, 21st April
Speaker: Dr Liz Hinde
Abstract: Dr Hinde explores how we are using fluorescence microscopy methods to visualise how molecules move throughout the 3D DNA network of a living cell. Plus lots of Glow in the Dark demonstrations!

Venue: Lowe Theatre, Redmond Barry Building, Tin Alley, University of Melbourne
To register for audience tickets or to view the lecture online, click here . Registration is required

Notes from previous lectures on topics including relativity, electricity and nuclear energy from recent years are also available at the website.

b) Girls in STEM: Empowering Curiosity - Friday, 18th June
An event for girls in Years 9 to 10:
  • An opportunity to be inspired by women who have forged impressive careers in STEAM industries.
  • Engage in hands-on activities to stimulate interest and engagement in STEAM based careers.
This event explore females in STEM careers with an emphasis on the importance of mathematics required for success. Students will hear from leading industry experts in a range of fields about their experiences working in a STEM focused career.
Experts will share their stories; the journey they took, the contributions they have made, the impact of being a female, tips for success, and how to overcome obstacles along the way.
The importance of mathematics in VCE subject selection, university degrees and in STEM careers is addressed. An interactive panel discussion follows the individual presentations.
Students will then engage in two hands-on STEM based activities that require students to be curious and creative, delivered by our supporting partners. One activity includes a hands on engineering experience run by 'Engineers without Borders'.
Please note that morning tea is provided. Teachers and students will need to BYO lunch. (Subject to change according to COVID safe plans)
Venue: Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School 
Cost: $35 /$25 per student. Max 20 students per school
To register: click here . For more information click here

2. More Resources from AAPT
STEP UP: Resources on careers in physics
The AAPT in association with other US Physics bodies has produced a set of classroom activities.  Some of the material has an American context, but much of it is applicable anywhere.  The resources include:
  • Career matching exercise with personal surveys linked to possible careers. illustrated with extensive bios.  This is a well designed, comprehensive package.
  • A 5 min Youtube video of the activities being used in class.
  • A set of 12 PowerPoint slides (about 4 are not relevant).
  • A detailed teacher's guide.
3. Vicphysics Subscriptions
The free introductory offer has now 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.
4. 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 three schools seeking five physics teachers:
  • Berwick Secondary College (17/03/21)
  • Virtual School Victoria 2 positions (22/03/21)
  • Melton Secondary College 2 positions (25/03/21)
This 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.
 
 
5. Events for Teachers
a)  Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service, Thursday, 15th April

The venue will be John Monash Science School and this year there will be a small registration fee, $20 for Vicphysics subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers.  The program includes:

  • Hands on opportunity to try a large range of practical activities and demonstrations, supported by experienced teachers,
  • Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen, providing advice of how to prepare students for the Physics exam,
  • Assessment Ideas with Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach and Dr Syd Boydell from the University of Melbourne,
  • Panel of experienced teachers sharing their ideas and answering questions on course planning, teaching tricky concepts, etc.
A package of course planning material will be provided to each participant..
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included.  There will also be a travel subsidy to assist teachers coming from regional areas.

To register click here for the Trybooking site.  There is also an opportunity when registering to add to the program by mentioning areas you would like addressed. Check our website for more details.


b) Big Ideas in Physics: A New Scientist Online Lecture Series
  • Making Sense of Quantum Theory with Carlo Rovelli, 6pm, 1st April (UK time).  Prof Rovelli is the author of the popular books 'Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and 'Reality is not what it seems'.
  • How fast is the Universe growing? with Jo Dunkley, 6pm, 6th May. Prof Dunkley is a British astrophysicist and Professor of Physics at Princeton University.
  • Ten Keys to Reality with Frank Wilczek, 6pm, 28th January. Prof Wilczek won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • How Time Works with Sean Carroll, 6pm, 3rd June. Prof Carroll is a Research Professor at CalTech.
The Rovelli talk will be held at 4:00am Melbourne time on the Friday morning, however a ticket purchase gives you on demand access to the lecture and the Q&A session for 12 months.
Individual tickets are £13 (early booking rate) and there is a 25% discount on the series ticket.

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

a) Light could levitate micron-thin aircraft in Earth’s mesosphere
 new light-driven levitation technique could soon enable tiny, low-cost aircraft to achieve the first sustained flight in the Earth’s mesosphere. Mohsen Azadi and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania University exploited the effect of photophoresis, combined with an intricately shaped light beam, to levitate thin mylar disks at low pressure in a vacuum chamber. Their microflyers could soon allow researchers to explore one of the most poorly understood parts of Earth’s atmosphere in unprecedented detail.

b) CERN collider has discovered 59 new hadrons since 2010
A podcast from Physics World, the second half of which a particle physicist, Tim Gershon, gives the flavour of these 59 hadrons.  There is also a free-to-read e-book titled Tetraquarks and Pentaquarks by Gershon and Greig Cowan.

c) The Secrets of the Best Rainbows on Earth
This paper makes a case for why Hawaii is the rainbow capital of the world. It begins by briefly touching on the cultural and historical significance of rainbows in Hawaii. Next it provides an overview of the science behind the rainbow phenomenon, which provides context for exploring the meteorology that helps explain the prevalence of Hawaiian rainbows. Last, the paper discusses the art and science of chasing rainbows.

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