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PRESENTED BY CASE RIJSDIJK AND PROF DAVID WOLFE (SAIP)

With inputs from Derek Fish and Charles Thethwayo (Unizulu Science Centre)

Case Rijsdijk: I taught Physics at two leading schools in Harare and Cape Town, before returning to continue with my Astronomy and Physics at the SAAO. I have co-authored a number Physics and Astronomy Texts for schools as well as several chapters in Physics and Astronomy Texts and been an examiner for the IEB Physics. I have been involved in many outreach programmes for teachers, through the SAAO, UCT, IMSTUS (Institute of Maths, Science and Technology, University of Stellenbosch). Currently I convene the SA Physics Olympiad.

 

Prof David Wolfe: I have been a practising physicist all my life, working at many of the major accelerator labs around the world (like CERN), in the US, Europe, and the Russia. But what I have really enjoyed most is helping young people to learn and to grow. It is the responsibility of the older generation to pass along their knowledge and experience to the young. That is why teaching is, and ought to be, the most honoured of professions.

 

In our workshops, we want to pass along to you some of the results of thirty years of research into teaching methods that have made huge differences in understanding and retention of physics by young people. We also hope to deepen your insight into some of the great discoveries both of the recent past and some of the most distant eras.

 

Our  approach is a sort of "coal face" approach; learn Physics, and its concepts, by solving MCQs, discussing them and learn what Physics is needed to solve the problem. Quite often the Physics is quickly done - problem solved! But to get the answer one needs some mathematics and then this appears as the real problem! Join us in enjoying a new way to learn Physics.

TEACHERS ATTENDING WILL RECEIVE TWO BOOKLETS OF PHYSICS PROBLEMS

 IN ADDITION TO OTHER RESOURCES.