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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: You will carry out experiments using common high school lab equipment. You will adapt one of these for use with a class of high school students.

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 during T3 (September - December).

Dates:

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

Summer Term: 7th January -10th February 2019 (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.

Term 3 2019: 16th September - 14th December 2019 (10 weeks: if you did it here you could complete the graduate certificate in December 2020)