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Curriculum Relevance

The table below summarises the available experiments and the curriculum relevance for each.

Theme Experiment Number of Groups Curriculum Relevance
Nuclear: • Turntable
• Inverse-square
• 8 (Groups of two)
• 8 (Groups of two)
Year 9/10

• All matter is made of atoms which are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons; natural radioactivity arises from the decay of nuclei in atoms (ACSSU177)

VCE Unit 1: Area of Study 1: Nuclear physics and radioactivity

• Explain why some atomic nuclei are stable and others are not
• Describe the radioactive decay of unstable nuclei in terms of half-life
• Describe the detection and penetrating properties of α, β and γ radiation
• Describe the effects of α, β and γ radiation on humans
• Describe the effects of ionising radiation on living things and the environment
• Describe the risks for living things and/or the environment associated with the use of nuclear reactions and radioactivity

Environment: • Solar Hot-Water
• Cyclone Station
• Weather Station
• unlimited
• unlimited
• 1
Year 9/10

• The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)

VCE Units 1&2: Detailed study 3.4: Investigations: Flight

• explain lift in terms of Bernoulli’s principle and the rate of change of momentum
• model lift and Bernoulli’s principle using a wind tunnel
• investigate experimentally identified aspects of performance using a model

VCE Units 1&2: Detailed study 3.5: Investigations: Sustainable Energy Sources

• explain the terms sustainable and renewable in terms of energy use
• compare different renewable energy sources and investigate one experimentally
• analyse the potential of the system being investigated to make a significant contribution to the community’s energy requirements, including the benefits, limitations and environmental consequences of the system
• evaluate the model system in relation to a real-life problem involving energy supply
• interpret information sources to evaluate risks in the development and use of an energy supply system

Cross-curriculum priorities
Sustainability (Solar Hot Water)
• World Views

– World views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability (Ol.4).
– World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability (Ol.5).

• Futures

– Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments (Ol.7).
– Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts (Ol.8).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture (Weather Station)
• Country/Place

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place throughout all of Australia (Ol.2).
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have unique belief systems and are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways (Ol.3).

• Culture

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing (Ol.5).
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years and experiences can be viewed through historical, social and political lenses (Ol.6).

Structure: • eVBL
• 3D Imaging
• Photoelectric Effect
• 1
• unlimited
• 8 (Groups of two)
VCE Units 1&2: Detailed study 3.6: Medical Physics

• describe and evaluate the use of lasers as intense energy sources for medical treatments
• describe and compare processes of, and images produced by, medical imaging using two or more of ultrasound, X-rays, CT, MRI and PET

VCE Units 3&4: Detailed study 3.4: Synchrotron and its Applications

• compare the characteristics of synchrotron radiation, including brightness, spectrum and divergence with the characteristics of electromagnetic radiation from other sources including lasers and X-ray tubes
• explain, using the characteristics of brightness, spectrum and divergence, why for some experiments synchrotron radiation is preferable to laser-light and radiation from X-ray tubes

VCE Unit 4: Area of Study 2: Interactions of Light and Matter

• Analyse the photoelectric effect in terms of:
– evidence for the particle-like nature of light
– experimental data in the form of graphs of photocurrent versus electrode potential, and of kinetic
energy of electrons versus frequency
– kinetic energy of emitted photoelectrons, Ekmax = hf – W, using energy units of joule and electronvolt
– effects of intensity of incident irradiation on the emission of photoelectrons
• describe why the wave model of light cannot account for the experimental photoelectric effect
• interpret electron diffraction patterns as evidence for the wave-like nature of matter
• compare the diffraction patterns produced by photons and electrons
• calculate the de Broglie wavelength of matter, λ = h/p
• compare the momentum of photons and of matter of the same wavelength including calculations
using p = h/λ
• explain the production of atomic absorption and emission spectra, including those from metal
vapour lamps
• interpret spectra and calculate the energy of photons absorbed or emitted, ΔE = hf

The above key areas of curriculum relevance have been taken from www.australiancurriculum.edu.au. A more comprehensive listing of curriculum relevances for the various experiments can be found in the document below.

pdf FARLabs Curriculum Relevance 2014