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Mechanics for Teachers - PHYS9120

This is a predominantly 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. The course will include a two day face-to-face session on the UNSW campus scheduled on a weekend in which students will conduct experiments and solve problems.

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 assesment for the course is:

30% lab reports: These will be carried out in the two day face to face session. Students will then choose one of these and adapt it for use with a class of school age students.

20% online quizzes: These wll ensure your remail up to date and can use some improtant concepts to answer questions.

50% examination: to make sure you can answer questions about the material covered in the course.


19th February - 20th May 2018 (10 weeks: You would need to ernoll in PHYS9110 in January 2018 to be able to enroll in this, you would be able to complete the program in December 2018)

face-to-face: 28th-29th April