Quantum and Nuclear | Light, Sound and Waves

Thinking about actions to take: Photons Shift Energy

Teaching Guidance for 14-16 Supporting Physics Teaching

There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • integrating your current model of energy
  • introducing a range of frequency dependent phenomena
  • developing and exploiting a photon model of radiating
  • linking radiating to the other three pathways (electrical, mechanical, heating by particles)

Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

Avoid these

  • rehearsing the wave–particle duality arguments of early last century
  • making quantum physics too mystical
  • using the photoelectric effect as the central phenomenon in introducing photons

Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.

is exhibited by Photoelectric Effect
can be explained by the Bohr Model
can be described by the relation E=hf
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