# Physics for Teachers - 7440

## Program Summary

**Faculty:** Faculty of Science

**Contact:** http://www.physics.unsw.edu.au/

**Campus:** Sydney

**Career:** Postgraduate

**Typical UOC Per Semester:** 24

**Min UOC Per Semester:** 6

**Max UOC Per Semester:** 24

**Min UOC For Award:** 24

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## Program Description

The program is predominantly online. The first course is a contextualized introductory, entirely online unit that will serve as a general introduction to physics. The remaining three courses focus on giving school teachers a more in-depth understanding of some of the different branches of physics: mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics and modern physics. Lecture material for these course will be delivered online.

For each of these three courses there will be a compulsory two day face-to-face session at the UNSW Kensington campus during which laboratory exercises will be completed. Each workshop will be held on a weekend during the semester and students are responsible for organising and paying for their own transport and accommodation to attend these.

The courses in this graduate certificate are designed to be taken sequentially at a rate of one per semester, to cater for teachers with a full time job. A good understanding of mathematics is needed for these courses including understanding of trigonometry and calculus.

## Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

2 Students will be able to write down equations and draw diagrams and graphs to represent physical problems or situations, they will be able to solve these equations to make predictions about the physical situation.

3 Students will recognize, that physics is an experimental science, they will be able to plan and carry out experiments, they will be able to present their results to these experiments with a numerical uncertainty.

4 Students will have an in depth understanding of the fields of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics and modern physics. They will be able to use this understanding to solve problems and also to clearly explain concepts to high school level students.

5 Students will recognize the universality and applicability of the laws of physics, such as conservation laws, and will be able to use these laws to approach novel situations and solve problems

## Program Structure

**Note:**A good understanding of mathematics is needed for these courses including understanding of trigonometry and calculus. Students should be comfortable with HSC level extension 1 mathematics.

## Academic Rules

## Fees

## Admission Requirements

Have completed a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science, or a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Education, or a Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching, or equivalent qualifications.

Be an accredited teacher with an Australian State Department of Education

Have completed a major in a science other than physics.

This program is only open for Semester 1 enrolments and is completed part time over two years.