Teaching Advanced Physics: Mechanics

From the Institute of Physics, these resources are split into topics and each topic is subdivided into a number of learning episodes. Each learning episode represents a coherent section of teaching. Typically the activities include discussion, demonstrations, student investigations and calculations and can be completed in one or two lessons. The topics covered are: * Statics * Kinematics * Drag forces * Newton’s laws * Work, energy and power * Momentum * Circular motion * Materials


Episode 200: Preparation for Statics Topic

From the Institute of Physics, this topic builds up an understanding of the conditions needed for an object to be in equilibrium. The first episode develops ideas about vector and scalar quantities; these are equally relevant to quantities other than forces. The learning episodes in this topic include:


Episode 201: Scalars and Vectors

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students discuss, examine and enhance their understanding of scalars and vectors. For some students this will be a revision session whilst others may be less familiar with the concepts. The topics examined include: * defining scalar and vector quantities *...

Episode 202: Forces in Equilibrium

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode contains demonstrations and practical activities through which students learn about the conditions for static equilibrium (excluding moments of forces).

Students look at:
• forces on a horizontal washing line with a weight in the middle...

Episode 203: Turning Effects

This learning episode from the Institute of Physics, uses discussion and experimental work to help students investigate the application of moments beyond the simple 'see-saw' model.

Activities lead to an application of moments to general equilibrium situations.

Students look at:
* moments and...


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