The video of the webinar Vicphysics ran during the school holidays is now on our website. It is divided up into six sections.
The popular excursion venue, the Australian Synchrotron, that offers Unit 4 programs has moved to online support. There is an extensive range of resources available and they will be running an information session on Tuesday, 28th July at 4pm.
There is also news of medical implants being powered by photovoltaics.
The next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network will be on Thursday, 23rd July by Video Conference starting at 5:30pm. If you wish to participate, please email Vicphysics
Jane Coyle (Pres), Dr Barbara McKinnon (Vice-Pres), Dan O’Keeffe OAM (Sec) and Paul Walters (Treas)
- Vicphysics Webinar: Friday, 10th July Presentations, resources and videos are now online
- Australian Synchrotron resources for Unit 4
3.Events for Students and General Public
- UNSW Bragg Science Prize for Science Writing for Years 7 – 10. Entries by 27th August, 2020
4. Events for Teachers
- 2020 Physics in the Cloud: A Physics Free-For-All Variety Night. 6:00pm, Friday, 21st August
- External skin patch transfers power to medical implants
- Finding a consistent constant
- Fighting flat-Earth theory
The Parents association is putting up $15, 000 for the purchase of equipment
1. Vicphysics Webinar: Friday 10th July. Presentations, Videos and Resources
Vicphysics held a webinar last Friday on planning for the second half of 2020. There were 50 participants on line.
The following resources are now available here.
Presentations and videos on:
- Teaching the adjusted Areas of Study 1 and 2 in Unit 4
- Prac Ideas for Unit 4 Waves and Light AoS
- Prac Ideas for Motion in Unit 2
- Managing Practical Investigations
- Reporting of data and Data Analysis in Practical Investigations
- Creating Assessment Tasks that are not Tests
- Beginning Physics Teacher Resource Package for 2020 (35 pages)
- List of Practical and Online Activities for Semester 2 in 2020
- Youtube Demonstrations for Unit 4
- Assessment Tasks on Vicphysics website
- Student booklet for Unit 4 Practical Investigation in 2020
- VCE Physics Practical Work Handbook
- Unit 4 Teaching plan
- Worksheet on interference of light, as well as
- The many suggestions that came up in discussion.
2. Australian Synchrotron: Resources for Unit 4
All school excursions at the Australian Synchrotron have been cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions. Although PrimeSCI! cannot offer an on-site visit at the present time, they have created a set of resources to provide students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of the facility and the science behind it. These resources are provided at no cost to schools in Term 3 2020.
Swinburne PrimeSCI!, with the support of ANSTO, have produced a recording of the experiments conducted during each lab session. The 15 minute video, along with the student and teacher handbooks and data sets, can be used as a unit test or a SAC.
A teacher information session with PrimeSCI!’s Education Officer will also be held at 4pm on Tuesday 28th July. To book, click here.
The Year 12 VCE Physics resources on Interactions of Light and Matter Lab Session are as follows:
- Video of virtual tour of the Australian Synchrotron and explanation of experiments (Youtube, 15 min)
- Diffraction Dataset (CloudStor shared folder, 156MB)
- DataSet (xlsx, 567 KB)
- Teachers Lab Manual (PDF, 1.30MB)
- Students Lab Manual (PDF, 2.44MB)
ANSTO also invites your class to take part in the Meet an Expert program, that allows students to speak with a Synchrotron Scientist on a range of topics via Video Conference.
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3. Events for Students and General Public
a) UNSW Bragg Prize for Science Writing for Years 7 – 10. Entries close 27th August.
The 2020 Theme is ‘The Big Ideas saving the Planet’.
Students write up to 800 words to describe some scientific research that has delivered a solution that the student believes could change the future for the planet.
This website has entry details, as well as FAQs, Teacher’s resources and Writing tips.Return to top 4. Events for Teachers
a) 2020 Physics in the Cloud: A Physics Free-For-All Variety Night, 6:00pm, Friday, 2st August
Physics in the Pub has gone virtual! An AIP Initiative.
Tiny magnets, cell goop and the future of the Universe
“We’ve digitized and uploaded our scientists and they’ll be streaming to you from the cloud, about the complex protein structures in our cells, how tiny magnets can cure cancer and, well, the philosophy of everything!
There’ll be songs, poems and quizzes, so have your device ready. Grab yourself a drink and join us online, with host Dr Phil Dooley of Phil Up On Science.”
Cost: Free, thanks to the AIP
For more information, click on Facebook here
To register, click here.
5. 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.
Biomedical electronic implants, such as cardiac pacemakers, deep brain stimulators or spinal cord stimulators, enhance quality-of-life by providing diagnostics and treatments within the human body. Most of these devices, however, are powered by batteries. And once these batteries run down, patients must undergo invasive surgery to replace them.
To address this obstacle, researchers at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) propose a new way to provide sustainable electrical power within the body without the risks of surgical complications – via a concept called active photonic power transfer. They have developed a power transfer system comprising a skin-attachable light-source patch and a photovoltaic array integrated into a flexible medical implant.
b) Finding a consistent constant
The Planck mission gave us the most precise value of the Hubble constant to date by measuring the cosmic microwave background. But studies made since using different methods provide different values. Keith Cooper investigates the discrepancies and asks what it might mean for cosmology.
c) Fighting flat-Earth theory
Physicists will find it shocking, but there are plenty of people around the world who genuinely believe the Earth is flat. Rachel Brazil explores why such views are increasingly taking hold and how the physics community should best respond.