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AimsDescribe the mechanism behind the production and detection of ultrasound.Understand the principle of using echo sounding.Calculate the intensity reflected off a given boundary.Understand the difference between A and B scans.The Piezoelectric effectThe animation below shows what happens when a quartz crystal gets squashedThe green atoms are - oxygen ions and the red are + silicon.Explain why the...
How many times have students said, " I didn't revise that bit", when you give them a test. I thought I would try an experiment and give my students an opportunity to show what they know. 10 Minutes to fill a blank piece of paper with everything you know about the option you've been studying. The results were quite interesting and as revealing as any test I could have devised. I think...
Lesson observation week. This week teachers have been visiting each others classes, well except for mine, for some reason no one came :-( I visited two classes, maths studies and environmental systems and society. It was interesting observing two very different subjects, although a lot of the students were the same. In maths the aim of the lesson was very clear: given that the allocation of grades...
Unit 12: Energy production and transferDiploma assessmentWhen will the content be assessed? xPaper 1xPaper 2Paper 3InvestigationText book referenceHamper SL 271- 301Inquiry: Establishing the purpose of the unitTransfer GoalsList here one to three big, overarching, long-term goals for this unit. Transfer goals are the major goals that ask students to “transfer”, or apply, their knowledge,...
IntroductionIn this practical the mass and diameter of different balls of Plasticine will be measured in order to verify that the mass of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its diameter. This is a simple experiment but introduces the concepts of uncertainties, data processing and graphing.Measuring diameterTake a piece of Plasticine and roll it into a ball. Try measuring its diameter with a ruler...
If we are to encourage students to be inquirers then there should be some inquiry in our teaching, this implies some engagement from the students which isn't always easy at 8 in the morning. There are many types of inquiry based approaches to teaching and we don't have to get into the details of each type but basically they all start with a question. Why does a solid cylinder roll down a...
This is the template for the unit planner I will be using for my course. It is based on the example 1 on the OCC. Unit 1. Title Date start - end Diploma assessment When will the content be assessed? Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Investigation Text book reference Inquiry: Establishing the purpose of the unit Transfer Goals List here one to three big, overarching, long-term goals for this unit. Transfer...
When This depends very much on when other deadlines are in your school but it can’t be too early as not enough of the course will have been covered and students with English as an additional language would be at a disadvantage. So the end of the first term is probably the earliest feasible time. Using the 10 hours The problem with all the IB deadlines is that students become overloaded with...
One of the advantages of the old system of internal assessment was that it was quite easy to produce a checklist for each criteria. This was also one of the aspects that the assessment team didn't like, it became too formulaic. In the new system there are many ways to score maximum marks so its not just a matter of drawing a graph with the correct axes, error bars and best fit lines to score complete...
A well planned site with lots of informations in Physics!
The InThinking Physics site has been a life saver. Chris's explanations of syllabus content and assessment criteria have helped enormously with planning and programming. The inclusion of marked IAs in particular was really beneficial when I started teaching...
I am very pleased with the website and the material. Love the animated multiple choice test questions. That is a great way to ask questions and cannot be accomplished with questions on paper. Also, the labs are very good and the suggestions are very...
16 June 2018
How many times have students said, " I didn't revise that bit", when you give them a test. I thought I would try an experiment and give my students... more
15 June 2018
Lesson observation week. This week teachers have been visiting each others classes, well except for mine, for some reason no one came :-( I... more
19 Jun Shabih Fatima
Personal EngagementThanks for your valuable feedback.
13 Jun Chris Hamper
Personal EngagementI'm afraid it doesn't sound like it would be sufficient. The research question should be comparing two physical quantities, type of material isn't one. What theoretical model will be used when evaluating the results? 3 different materials...
13 Jun Shabih Fatima
Personal EngagementHi Chris, A student of mine is attempting to find out the coefficient of static and dynamic friction of different materials when moved on synthetic turf. He has tried 3 different materials, done 3 trials each and plotted Force vs Time graphs...
7 Jun Chris Hamper
Form 4PSOWHi Neil; This page is in 'old material' and is no longer relevant to the now, not so new syllabus. The new 4psow is much simpler being just a record of what labs you have done so doesn't require a database.
7 Jun Neil Lindholm
Form 4PSOWHi. I went to Michel Sørensen's page but there is no programme for this available. Has it been discontinued and if so, do you have any other suggestions for record keeping?
1 Jun Chris Hamper
2nd year SLdone
1 Jun Chris Hamper
2nd year SLonto it
31 May Sujatha Ashok
2nd year SLNeed unit plans for Atomic and Energy resources
29 May Chris Hamper
Writing an Extended EssaySeems a bit like it might be too much Chemistry. What theoretical model will they use?
28 May Sujatha Ashok
Writing an Extended EssayHi Chris Is this a reasonably good topic for EE What is the effect on the specific heat capacity of an aqueous solution upon adding salt.
28 May Andrew Mackie
DopplerThanks Chris, the answer matches that. The old speed traps here are all pointing to the rear, but new ones probably both :)
24 May Chris Hamper