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Everyday Physics for Teachers - PHYS9110

This is an online introductory physics course. The course contains five modules:

  • How does a speed camera work? Covering waves and the Doppler effect.
  • How do glasses work? This covers optics and image formation.
  • Why do musical instrments make sounds? This covers sound waves, resonance and superposition.
  • How does a hot air balloon work? This covers archimedes principle and the ideal gas law.
  • What determines how fast a river flows? This covers Bernoulli's equation.

This course is very contextualised, you will be introduced to everyday situations to which the physics applies.

The assesment for the course is:

30% lab reports: This is based on experiments that you conduct at home and submit for marking. These use common equipment.

30% your own investigation report: You will need to design your own experiment to invesitagate the physics behind an everyday phenomenon of interest to you.

40% examination: to make sure you can answer questions about the material covered in the course.

The course runs in a very intensive 5 week mode during January. It runs in a less intensive 10 week mode at the end of the year.


8th January -11th February 2018 (5 weeks: if you did it here you could complete the graduate certificate in December)

Note: the summer mode is very intensive as the same content is covered in 5 weeks instead of 10. If you plan on studying the course over summer please ensure that you have two weeks full time that you can devote to the course.

17th September - 16th December 2018 (10 weeks: if you did it here you could complete the graduate certificate in December 2019)