## photoelectric effect

We looked at the photoelectric effect this week.  I’ve been looking for some video demonstrations but there are very few explanations that I would be happy to recommend.  The animation I used in class is available here.  I also found a nice demonstration on youtube (see below) that uses a different type of electroscope to indicate the presence of charge.

This video is also attached as a podcast.

## Higher summary notes

Someone sent me a link to a great set of summary notes for the entire Higher Physics course.  They are from Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh and I’d like to thank them Physics dept there for making them available.  Use the download link or save it by getting the podcast episode in iTunes.

## higher homework for 6th March 2009

Here is your homework exercise on the introductory work we have covered on operational amplifiers.  Please hand this exercise in no later than Friday 6th March.

## Higher HW for Thursday 29 January

Here is your next homework exercise. You must hand this in no later than Thursday 29th January if you want to have it corrected and receive feedback before the Physics prelim on Monday 2nd February. The questions are on AC electricity and charging/discharging of capacitors.

## charging & discharging capacitors

We looked at factors affecting the shape of the charging & discharging curves of capacitors today. Here is a video I found on youtube that covers some of the areas we discussed. Ignore the maths bit at the end, we won’t need that. Notice how the man in the film uses a lightbulb as a way of showing when the current is large or small, clever, eh?

## Higher HW for Friday 16 January

Your HW sheet with questions on EMF and the Wheatstone Bridge is attached.  Please hand it in no later than the above date.

## deriving the equations of motion

I’ve been looking through the results of the traffic light survey we did at the end of unit 1 of the higher course.  The learning outcome that most people were unhappy about was the derivation of the equations of motion.

I put together a handout that outlines where the 3 equations come from, starting with a simple velocity-time graph.  Let me know if you think your understanding of this outcome would benefit from the video treatment I have used in your homework solutions.