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Aims Introduce the concept of the polarisation of light. Understand why only 50% of light passes through a polarising filter. Observe the effect of rotating polarisers. Derive Malus' law Understand the role of polarisation in 3D movies Understand the principle of holography (extension). Introduction Polarisation has already been introduced in relation to waves in string...
I was new to teaching IB and moved to a brand new school with no other Physics teacher and no resources at all... With the huge help from the InThinking Physics site I was able to put in place a course with no problems at all. It has been like having...
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InThinking site for IB physics is a wonderful resource to learn and teach IB physics effectively. I have been trained mostly through Chris Hampers' ideas and innovations on this site. I couldn't have made it without this resource. Thank you for making...
Wednesday 28 September 2016
This morning I was printing a test (thin film interference) and the printer made my smile by the way it threw out my printing at a playful angle.... more
Friday 23 September 2016
Today we had a rave in class. Well not really but we did get out the rave glasses and look at a spectral lamp which is almost as good and nowhere... more
29 Sep Chris Hamper
The investigationHi Erlend; It's OK as far as data collection goes but he might be limited when it comes to making conclusions from the processed data.
29 Sep Erlend Einerkjær Harbo
The investigationHi Chris I have a student that would like to look at time near a black hole as a IA. He will collect data of the mass of the black hole from a databank and use the Schwarchild metric to calculate for different masses. Is this enough data Collection...
29 Sep Chris Hamper
Measuring half life of beer foamDid you use the video method?
29 Sep Ruma Mitra
Measuring half life of beer foamThis is an interesting method. I got my students to do it with coke. Though the bubbles die out quickly, but the results are very good. Thanks for the idea.
28 Sep Gisha C Mathew
Logisticsthank you Chris
28 Sep Chris Hamper
LogisticsI don't think it is against any IB policy. Measuring half life is after all a required practical. The experiments must be done safely of course, this should be mentioned in the report.
28 Sep Gisha C Mathew
LogisticsDear Chris, One of my HL students is very keen in doing an IA in radiation physics. is it allowed by IB? i am really confused as some of my colleagues are saying that its against the IB experimentation policy. Any fact in that? can he go ahead...
27 Sep Chris Hamper
Constant accelerationHi Jagruti, These quizzesdon´t print out too well but if you go to the qbank ( ) you can put together your own quizzes that print out better.
27 Sep Jagruti Joshi
Constant accelerationHi Chris, Is there any specific method I can download MCQ .Since copy paste and direct printing consumes lot of pages.
25 Sep Catherine Zhou
Writing an Extended EssayThanks Chris. I have been busy recently and just checked your message. There is an increasing number of students doing Physics EE at my school. A lot of extra job for myself. But I am very happy to see many students become interested in Physics...
23 Sep Chris Hamper
LogisticsI do pretty much the same thing. If they still have no idea I start suggesting possible ideas.
23 Sep Colin Cuthbert
LogisticsHi Chris, What are your strategies for helping students coming up with ideas. I show them the cupboards, my internal website showing what we've done, the text book as places to find inspiration. 60% find something pretty quick but 40% really...