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Teaching atomic physics

Subject Knowledge for Physics Teaching: atomic physics

Do you want to improve your atomic physics subject knowledge, pedagogy & confidence in the classroom?

Book now for the SKPT atomic physics module – sessions available across England from April

The SKPT atomic physics module will require up to 20 hours of learning over approximately eight weeks. It will be led by a subject specialist & will include compulsory face-to-face sessions at the start and end of the module, online tutorials & independent learning. The required practicals will be covered in the face-to-face sessions. The module will include:

  • The nuclear model and its development
  • Isotope characteristics
  • Equations to represent changes, ionisation, emission and absorption of radiation
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear fission
  • Fusion and our Sun’s energy

Radioactivity is a difficult topic for students to conceptualise, as both the cause and effect are often not visible to the eye. We will look at ways of modelling to support student understanding and introduce demos that can emphasise the patterns of decay.

SKPT atomic physics will be led by experienced physics teachers, who will facilitate and support participants on this eight-week CPD module, designed for non-specialist physics teachers.

Participants must be state school teachers in England, with some physics on their timetable and must not have a physics ITT qualification.

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