New Century Senior Physics
- by Richard Walding, Greg Rapkins and Glenn Rossiter
New Century Senior Physics: Concepts in Context meets the global objectives and intent of the 2007 Queensland Senior Physics syllabus in terms of Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding, Investigative Processes and Evaluating and Concluding. All 10 key concepts of the syllabus have been developed over-and-over in numerous and varied contexts along with an extensive range of associated key ideas (mandatory and optional).
· a contextual approach throughout where each chapter begins with a series of engaging questions, problems or situations that experienced teachers have found to be of prime interest to students who want to find out more
· a familiar format that allows students to quickly find information for whatever context they may be studying
· allows teachers to develop contexts of their own choosing without restricting them to a narrow set of pre-chosen contexts
· a progression from students’ focus questions to the underlying key concepts elaborated by important key ideas
· a huge number and wide variety of contextualised questions, problems and puzzles, including the traditional closed-response questions as well as open-ended and stimulus-response questions so essential for developing and demonstrating understanding
· a extensive set of “Novel Challenge” questions in the margins drawn from unfamiliar situations and designed to develop the higher order thinking (HOT) skills necessary for demonstrating very high levels of achievement
· a wide variety of contextualised questions, problems and puzzles, including the traditional closed-response questions as well as open-ended and stimulus-response questions so essential for developing understanding
· a equally large range of graded end-of-chapter review questions that range from the simpler practice questions requiring fairly straight-forward application of principles and problem-solving (one and two star difficulty) to the extension questions (three stars) requiring higher order thinking skills because of their challenging complex and/or novel nature
· a focus on the tentative nature of scientific knowledge, giving historical examples of how accidents and serendipity go hand-in-hand with the usual structured methods of scientific investigation
· an open, ‘chatty’ style of writing that speaks directly to the students but with sufficient depth and elaboration of key ideas for students aiming at tertiary studies in science- or physics-related areas such as engineering, medical science, computing, human movement etc.
· gender-balanced contexts using material drawn from boys’ and girls’ spheres of experience
· numerous icon-coded stimulus ideas for experimental and non-experimental investigations suggested by physics teachers throughout the state
· fully meets the International Baccalaureate syllabus in physics and fully covers all key ideas identified by Queensland tertiary physics educators