These classes offer a “taste” of real, higher level physics for students who might be considering physics olympiad classes, and are designed to be fun and challenging in equal measure.
The next holiday classes will run in January 2018. If you are interested in attending a class and would like to reserve a place please let me know. The time/s, date/s and topic/s will be chosen to suit the first few students to register and will then be listed here.
Students who may be interested in studying for the physics olympiad are also welcome to attend a trial year 11 class to see if learning physics is for them (the class in week 1 of term 1 measures the motion of a liquid nitrogen cooled superconductor levitating above a magnetic track). New classes for beginners start in term 1.
“Wave-particle duality: the quantum mechanics of light”
View atomic spectra, discover light quanta and learn how Einstein’s ideas about photons underlies laser physics. Measure the diameter of your hair using its diffraction pattern and record a hologram to take home with you using a laser and glass photographic plate. (Note: A background in trigonometry is required).
There is a maximum of 8 students in this class (as there is wet chemistry involved in processing the holographic plates).
Use pythagoras’ theorem and Einstein’s thought experiments to understand time dilation and the relativity of simultaneity. Explore the Twin paradox using Minkowski space-time diagrams.
“Entropy and the arrow of time”
Use the mathematics of permutations and combinations to understand microstates and macrostates, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics.