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Modern and Thermal Physics for Teachers - PHYS9140

This is a predominantly online course covering thermal and modern physics. Lecture material and tutorial problems will be presented online. This is the fourth (and final!) course in the graduate certificate for physics teachers. This course will cover thermal physics, and introduce quantum mechanics including the Schrodinger equation for simple situations, the standard model will be discussed and applications of quantum mechanics considered. 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 and write and solve simple differential equations to complete the course. 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.


17th September -16th December 2018 (10 weeks: You would need to ernoll in PHYS9110 in January 2018, PHYS9120 in February 2018 and PHYS9130 in June 2018 to be able to enroll in this.)

face-to-face: 13th-14th October