A practical I do with my year 9 group (but could be adapted for GCSE). We make a basic variable resistor by shading in an area on grid paper using graphite pencils. Then see how resistance is affected with length.
I originally got the idea from a video clip I saw on YouTube, the link is attached here.
You will need to have digital multimeters to do this, that have a setting to measure resistance.
NB: I'm a recently qualified teacher, so constructive comments on my resources and how they can be improved are really welcome! So please leave a comment if you used them! Thanks!
Presentation and displays of the history of manned spaceflight in the US. This is the first part and covers the Mercury and Gemini program from 1961 to 1966.
All images are courtesy of NASA and are public domain.
This is an introduction to parallel and series circuits for non specialist physics teacher. Included with the powerpoint slide is a worksheet, and how to set up the practical, with troubleshooting.
The jpeg files are previews of the slides and what the equipment looks like.
Great resource for newly qualified science teachers, student teachers and non specialists.
If you are teaching the life cycle in stars in GCSE/IGCSE physics, GCSE Astronomy or the astrophysics options of IB or A Level. I have embedded videos from Crash Course Astronomy, in to the the life cycle of stars diagram.
Aimed for non-specialist physics teachers (or new teachers) who are teaching GCSE physics. A guided walk-though of how to measure the specific heat capacity of different metals.
Includes teacher instruction sheet, and a student investigation sheet.
Electricity is one of the least favourite topics non specialist physics teachers have to cover, these three resources give clear explanations on concepts students at GCSE and IGCSE need to cover, along with clear instructions on how to set up practicals!
Bundle of two of my most popular displays. Each resource contains several high quality images of either features of the Solar System or the history of Manned Spaceflight or Newton's Law of Gravitation.
Students use their knowledge of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and circular motion to answer the following question:
How many times a day do astronauts on the International Space Station see the sun rise?
With worked solution.
Attached is everything you will need to teach a lesson (with a class practical or demonstration) on transformers. Using a multimeter that can measure AC voltage (available at places like Maplins), and a set of transformer coils (available from Phillip Harris) students measure the voltage across the primary and secondary coil of a transformer. Included are student instructions, guided questions, and teacher set up instructions.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MULTIMETER THAT CAN MEASURE AC VOLTAGE BEFORE PURCHASING! See cover image for all equipment you will need!
Aimed at IB DP students studying topic 8, but also suitable for A Level physics and higher ability GCSE/IGCSE students:
Presentation and questions covering:
Energy sources, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, efficiency, Sankey diagrams, energy density, specific heat capacity.
Three high quality images (printable to at least A3 size) to display the equations and uses of Newton's Law of Gravitation. A PowerPoint of the images along with worked examples. The worked examples are included as a stand alone worksheet as well. (Answers to worksheet are on the PowerPoint).