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Mechanics for Teachers - PHYS9120

This is a entirely online course covering mechanics. Lecture material and tutorial problems will be presented online. This is the second course in the graduate certificate for physics teachers. The course will cover classical Newtonian mechanics, special relativity and oscillations. Classical mechanics is used to describe the motion of bodies under a system of forces. Special relativity is needed to describe the motion of bodies traveling with high speeds. In oscillations we will look at simple harmonic motion as well as damped and forced oscillations.

Assumed Knowledge: Students need to be able to differentiate and integrate polynomials to complete this courses. A good understanding of HSC level Extension 1 Mathematics is recommended.

The assessment for the course is:

30% lab reports: You will carry out experiments using common high school lab equipment.

20% online quizzes: These will ensure you remain up to date and can use some important concepts to answer questions.

50% 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.


Term 1 2020: 17th February - 15th May 2020 (10 weeks: You would need to ernoll in PHYS9110 in September 2019 or summer term 2020 to be able to enroll in this, and you would be able to complete the program in December 2020)