Please read the overview page for a description of the structure of Fathoming Physics classes.
Lessons run on Saturday mornings, 8:30-10:30am, Wednesday afternoons (4:30-6:30pm) and Friday afternoons 4:45-6:45pm. In term 1 2021 we will cover the third HSC module, Light.
Please note that the lessons have been designed to meet the needs of students who are concurrently studying Extension 2 and/or Extension 1 mathematics at school.
COVID-19 UPDATE: If students have cold/flu symptoms they can attend via zoom. Please contact me for more details.
October holidays 2020
Module 5 “Advanced Mechanics”
Module 5 covers projectile motion, circular motion as well as Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Newton’s law of Universal Gravitation and conservation of mechanical energy for objects moving under the force of gravity.
Term 4 2020
Module 6 “Electromagnetism”
Module 6 covers the motion of charges in electric and magnetic fields, the motor effect, electromagnetic induction and applications of the motor effect.
Term 1 2021
Module 7 “The nature of Light”
Module 7 covers electromagnetic radiation, the wave and quantum models of light, and special relativity. Practical work in this term includes experiments with polarisation (Malus’ law) as well as diffraction and double-slit interference.
Term 2 2021
Module 8 “From the Universe to the atom”
Module 8 covers the big bang and stellar evolution, the structure of the atom, nuclear physics and the standard model. Practicals in this topic include cathode rays and experiments with spectra and as well as a cloud chamber.
We will also spend a significant amount of class time revising for trial exams.
Term 3 2021
Revision for trials and the HSC
We will continue preparation for trials.
After students complete their trials we will begin our revision for the HSC.