Physics video competition on YouTube.com

I mentioned the 2007 Phylm competition to some of you this week. An American teacher has put up a prize of $100 for the best short film on a physics topic. The Phylm Prize, pronounced “film,” is an award aimed at spurring interest in physics and the educational use of new media.

The legal stuff and entry details are available in this competition rules document and there is an explanation available online in this youtube video clip.

Why am I telling you this? Well, the school has suitable digital video equipment and editing software† available to help anyone interested in producing a high quality entry – all you need is an idea for a film. Best of all, the money and prestige are all yours.

Think about it.

†If you ask nicely, you might get to use a shiny white apple laptop with iMovie.

S4 reaction times

When we started the transport unit a couple of weeks ago, we investigated the reaction times of different people in the class by getting them to time how long it took for Andrew’s plasticine to fall from the ceiling to the floor.

I found a great game on the BBC website that will allow you to measure (and perhaps improve) your own reaction time .  Why don’t you try it for yourself and post your best times in a comment.

Get your own FREE copy of the SQA data booklet!

The data booklet you use during your physics end-of-topic tests is available as a free download from the SQA website.  It’s a good idea to get hold of your own copy so you are familiar with where to find everything.  You can get the booklet here† (make sure you save a copy to your pc to save you downloading it again). 

†You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, get it here if you don’t have it already.