Properties of Matter

Thinking about actions to take: Pressure

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

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

Try these

  • relating pressure to the action of fluids
  • using hydraulic machines as a context

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

  • suggesting that pressure is a vector
  • conflating stress and pressure
  • using examples where solids are squeezed to introduce pressure

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.

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