Feb 11 2017

Joe Wolfe – list of educational pages #educational #pages

#educational pages


Joe Wolfe. educational pages

  • Mechanics, from Particles to Planets is MOOC (massive, open, on-line course) that I preseent.
  • Physclips is my latest project, with producer George Hatsidimitris. It’s an organised set of multimedia resources, with film clips and animations. Volumes 1 & 2 on Mechanics and Waves and Sound are finished (they won the Physics division of the Pirelli Prizes for Science Communication ). We are currently putting chapters on Light for Volume 3.

    With help from my colleagues John Smith, John Tann and George Hatsidimitris, I have written various educational web pages, of which this page is a partial catalogue:

    My main research is described in my scientific publications. but there are popular accounts in these areas:

    • the acoustics of musical instruments ,
    • the acoustics of the voice
    • coding for cochlear implants and
    • cryobiology .

    I am also a composer and the next link is to some of my

    • music for orchestra or for chamber music ensembles.

    Pages related to learning and teaching in general

    Pages on topics in physics

  • Relativity
    • Relativity in ten minutes – or ten hours. Can relativity be understood by someone with little or no background in physics?
      “Einstein Light ” uses animations and film clips to explain relativity at a range of levels.
  • Pages related to biophysics
    • Cellular Thermodynamics a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (, Nature Publishing Group, London.
    • Cryobiology and anhydrobiology The physical causes of cellular damage due to freezing and drying.
    • What is ‘unfreezable water’?. a question asked by people working in cryobiology and anhydrobiology.
    • Membranes: homeostasis and regulation of area and tension. An area of membane mechanics that is suddenly fashionable again.
  • Pages on miscellaneous topics in physics (Some of these now moved into Physclips)
    • The electromagnetic spectrum .
    • FAQ for high school physics. collecting and answering many of the questions put by students, mainly in New South Wales, to the
    • Bulletin Board for high school physics .
    • An introduction to Netwon’s laws, gravity and the orbits of planets .
    • The Foucault Pendulum at the University of New South Wales. Does the earth go around the sun and how do you know?
    • What are coriolis forces and why do the major ocean currents and winds go clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the South?
    • The physics of speech. including helium speech and why it makes your voice sound funny.
    • Using a vanilla slice to demonstrate various material properties .
    • Cosmology, Teleology and Danish Grandmothers. a critical examination of the argument for design in the universe.
    • The physics of sailing. how boats can sail upwind, how they can sail faster than the wind, etc.
    • Wheels and rolling. why the rolling point of a wheel is stationary, and what part of a train goes backwards.
    • What is the green flash and what causes it?
    • How big is a meteor? A simple calculation to determine the size from its perceived brightness.
    • The monkey and the hunter. Featuring a slow motion video of this classic physics question.
    • A simple introduction to calculus. Some of the most important ideas that will be needed in first year physics.
  • Physics questions. a forum for discussing physics questions that fall outside the syllabi of most courses.

  • Pages on sound, hearing, speech and music

  • The Science of Music. a series I made for the ABC featuring Dene Olding, Nigel Westlake, Paul Plunkett, Paul Dyer and Colin Piper as guest artists.
  • Miscellany.

    • My blog on the Solar Car Race . from Darwin to Adelaide. UNSW had a great result
    • One Night in Afghanistan. an Australian traveller’s account.
    • Venice: an acoustical paradise. The Sydney Morning Herald. June 16, 2001, p1 of the travel section.
    • Cool Scientist. A story about Joe by Stephen Luntz in Australasian Science. March 2006, p47.
    • Margaret Throsby did an interview with me for the ABC’s The interview .

    Material for high school physics students and teachers.

    • Interesting and inexpensive experiments for high school physics. Written for teachers and students using the New South Wales syllabus, but more widely applicable.
    • FAQ for high school physics. Originally set up for teachers and students using the New South Wales syllabus.
    • A Q & A bulletin board for high school physics problems. Originally set up for teachers and students using the New South Wales syllabus.
    • A resource exchange forum for physics teachers.
    • HSC: ‘The World Communicates’. Some information for students and teachers in New South Wales dealing with this syllabus.
    • HSC: ‘Electric motors and transformers’. Some information for teachers and students in New South Wales dealing with this syllabus.

    Material for primary school physics students and teachers.

    • Glimpses of science for primary schools. A set of investigations and kits may by Jacinda Ginges, George Hatsidimitris and me.

    Formal publications on education

    • Wolfe, J. and Hatsidimitris, G. (2006) “Introduction to relativity: a multi-level, multi-media resource”, Teaching Science. 52, 28-31.
    • Whaite, G. and Wolfe, J. (1990) “Harmonic or Fourier synthesis in the teaching laboratory”. Amer. J. Phys. 58, 481-485.
  • Hatsidimitris, G. Smith, J. & Wolfe, J. (2010). “Science animations and video clips as teaching elements and in multimedia context: the Physclips example”. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010, C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), pp. 3574-3578.
  • Hatsidimitris, G. and Wolfe, J. (2009) “Intuition, evidence-based guidelines and user feedback in multimedia teaching: The Physclips project” In Same places, different spaces. Proceedings ascilite Auckland 2009.
  • Awards for university and web teaching

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