What's New on the Website
- The 12U physics course has been examined and modified slightly, hopefully improved.
- There is now a detailed grade 9 academic science course on the website. It encorporates lots of PER and modern physics. The grade 9 curriculum contains lots of physics in the units on electricity, astronomy and chemistry. It is important that physics teachers provide support and resources for students and teachers in science courses. Otherwise we won't see them in the physics courses and if we do, they won't be as well prepared.
- I have brought the Engineering Design Contests out of the closet. This is becuase hiding the material from my students didn't work - they are much too clever! All extra information for teachers - especially answers to the worksheets - has now been removed from the pages and you can get it by emailing me directly at roberta dot tevlin at gmail dot com.
- I have tidied up and simplified the navigation bar and updated the four
subject area pages. I added information about the Perimeter
Institute's latest resource - The Expanding Universe. I have added a new
lesson on How to Make a
Laser. I got around to looking at most of the Physics
for the 21st C site and made reccomendations on what was most useful.
In particular, they have the bext support if you want to teach about dark
energy - a challenging topic.
- I have added many pages that are about *gasp!!!* classical physics. These
are about using engineering contests to develop "STEM and 21st Century
Skills" and to provide lots of hands-on, intrinically motivated reasons
to learn physics and math and develop team work and critical thinking. Details
can be found here on the Engineering
- I have updated the rest of the 12U
course. Many errors were caught and the timing and scaffolding of the
course has been imporved after running it with three classes over the past
year. Each unit has answers to the worsheets.
- I have updated the first few units of the12U
physics course and the rest will follow soon. I have included teacher
tips and answers to the worksheets. While I was
adding the answers, I realized how the lessons could be improved by rewording
questions, changing the order, expanding some parts and reducing others. (Much
of this 'scaffolding was guided by the sage advice I have got over the years
from Dave Doucette. Thanks Dave!) I also corrected a lot of typos! Please
let me know if you see any other problems.
- I have added a resources section,
where I list and review all of the useful resources that I have found so far.
You can go straight to the online resources, uncluding ones that I haven't
fullyb incorporated yet. In particular, I reccomend that you check out Minute
- The files from the double session that I did on Relatvity at STAO
2012 is available on the workshops page.
- I have put my 12U physics
course on the website. It shows how the various modern physics lessons
on this site can be stitched together to cover the Ontario curriculum.
- There is a new set of activities for intermediate science that looks at
Law and the Big Bang.
- There is a new FREE resource on Particle Physics from the Perimeter Institute.
Get teh details from the Particle
- I have put three of Philip Freeman's great PowerPoint slides on the page
for SpaceTime: Part 1
- New activities have been added to the Mystery
of Dark Matter - a great resource from the Perimeter Insitute. This makes
this resource more accessible for grade 9 students and provide deeper conceptual
learning for senior physics students..
- The worksheet for TRIUMF's approaching the speed of light has been translated
into french. mouvement
relativiste by Nanouk Pare
- A new page called Workshops has been added
to keep specific versions of a resource that were presented at workshops.
That way the participants can have access to what they saw and the site won't
get cluttered by many slightly different versions of what is essentially the
- This page was created so it is easier to find the latest stuff.
- There is a new lesson on black
- All of the pages were checked for bad links and updated slightly.
- A page that links all (well just three so far) of the french
- The lesson on
Conservation Laws has been expanded and with Tim Langford's help, improved.