Focus on Physics

For: Year 12 Physics students

Focus on Physics is a suite of experiential programs linked to the SACE Stage 2 Physics curriculum. Each program can be undertaken as a single two-hour program or as a full-day visit. A full-day visit can include a campus tour and a physics presentation by University lecturers and/or postgraduate physics students. The four programs include Momentum in Two Dimensions, The Motion of Charged Particles in Electric and Magnetic Fields, The Interference of Light and Nuclear Physics, and each is offered at different times throughout the year.

For details of each program, follow the links

Momentum in Two Dimensions

The Motion of Charged Particles in Electric and Magnetic Fields

The Interference of Light

Nuclear Physics

Bookings


 

Momentum in Two Dimensions

This program links with the ‘Motion and Relativity’ section of the SACE Stage 2 Physics curriculum. Students carry out an experimental procedure, involving large air tables and plastic pucks, to investigate the law of conservation of momentum. 

For further details about this program, click here.

The Motion of Charged Particles in Electric and Magnetic Fields

This program links with the ‘Electricity and Magnetism’ section of the SACE Stage 2 Physics curriculum. An important focus of the session is the production and interpretation of graphs from experimental data, an important skill in the Year 12 Physics curriculum.

Three experimental procedures, all of which demonstrate the effect of electric and magnetic fields on electrons, are conducted in this program. These involve the use of Teltron Tubes and Hall Effect apparatus.

For further details about this program, click here.

The Interference of Light

This program links with the ‘Light and Atoms’ section of the SACE Stage 2 Physics curriculum.

Students conduct a number of procedures that explore concepts involved in the interference and diffraction of light, including double slit interferometry, calculating the wavelength of red and green lasers, and measuring the diameter of a human hair.

In addition to the above procedures, two sets of Photoelectric Effect apparatus are available and can be used by school visitors.

The equipment in this session can also be used for design practicals.

For further details about this program, click here.

Nuclear Physics

This program links with the ‘Atoms and Nuclei’ section of the 2017 SACE Stage 2 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.

The equipment in this program can also be used for design practicals.

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 will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information
  • This program requires a minimum of 10 students to attend, and has a capacity of 25 students.

Bookings

Teacher 
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  SESSIONS
   
  Choose your preferred sessions - max 4
   
  All sessions from 9:30am to 2:30pm
   
Momentum in Two Dimensions 
   
The Motion of Charged Particles in Electric and Magnetic Fields 
   
The Interference of Light 
   
Nuclear Physics 
   
No. of students  
   
Year level 

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

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