Foundation of Physics

For: Year 11 Physics Students
 

Foundation of Physics is a whole day, experiential program which is linked to the SACE Stage 1 Physics Curriculum. This program includes hands-on data collection and analysis, and utilises specialist equipment on campus. Teachers can combine two half-day sessions to create a whole day program. The three half-day sessions which can be chosen include DST Group Radar Technology, Nuclear Physics and Sensor Technology. 

For details of each program, follow the links:

DST Group Radar Technology

Sensor Technology 

Nuclear Physics

Bookings


DST Group Radar Technology

This program links with the ‘Waves’ section of the SACE Stage 1 Physics curriculum. Links to the ‘Energy and Momentum’ section of the SACE Stage 1 Physics curriculum are also included.

Developed in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, this program demonstrates applications of radar technology. Students use an audio radar as a learning tool in an experimental session looking at the radar concepts of reflection and Doppler shift.

Students work through two procedures during the session. The first procedure uses reflection to determine the distance of an object and the speed of sound in air, while the second uses Doppler shift to determine the speed of an object.

For further details about this program, click here.

Sensor Technology

This program links with the ‘Waves’ section of the SACE Stage 1 Physics curriculum.

Students learn about the great number of sensors that surround them and which they make use of every day. By providing many common examples of sensors, students can better understand what a sensor is and how it works.

Students use myDAQ equipment to investigate two types of sensors in a laboratory setting: infra-red and ultrasonic sensors. They make predictions and test hypotheses, take measurements, and collect and interpret data. Students then consider the applications of the technology based on their new understanding of the sensors and come to appreciate how much technology improves and enhances our lives.

For further details about this program, click here.

Nuclear Physics

This program links with the ‘Nuclear Models and Radioactivity’ section of the SACE Stage 1 Physics curriculum.

Students conduct three procedures that explore concepts of radiation and radioactive decay – calculating the half-life of an indium isotope, exploring the attenuation of gamma rays, and determining the penetrative range of beta particles through aluminium.

In addition to the above procedures, a small Cloud Chamber is available for demonstration purposes and can be viewed by school visitors.

For further details about this program, click here.

Conditions

  • As these programs are a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress
  • Teachers choose two sessions for a full-day program.
  • This program requires a minimum of 10 students to attend, and has a capacity of 25 students.

Bookings

Teacher 
School 
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  All sessions from 9:30am to 2:30pm
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  Choose a maximum of two sessions
Session 1 
Session 2 
   
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Year level 

   
  Comments or special instructions (e.g. disabled access required)
  
   
  

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