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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 instruments 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 assessment 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 investigate the physics behind an everyday phenomenon of interest to you.

40% written examination: to make sure you can answer questions about the material covered in the course. This can be invigilated at your school if you are unable to make it to UNSW.

The course runs in a very intensive 5 week mode during January. It runs in a less intensive 10 week during T3 (September - December).


Summer Term: 6th January -10th February 2020 (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 2020: 14th September - 10th December 2020 (10 weeks: if you did it here you could complete the graduate certificate in December 2020)