Thursday, 18 April 2024

【DoA Colloquium】April 17th by Jun Su

04.17.2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Title: Physics and Astronomy Education in Middle School Based on Astrophysics 

Speaker: Jun Su 

Abstract: Astrophysics knowledge transcends traditional academic boundaries, extending its reach from undergraduate and graduate courses within the Department of Physics and Astronomy to high school physics education, astronomy clubs, and physics Olympiads. Some complex quantitative concepts in astrophysics can even be simplified for middle school students to comprehend. 

This report aims to demonstrate how foundational principles of high school physics can be utilized to grasp key concepts in astrophysics, such as gravitational waves, gravitational lens and gravitational potential well simulation using 3D printing technology. Additionally, it provides insight into the current landscape of high school astronomy education research both domestically and internationally. 

Bio: Jun Su, a high school physics teacher at Haian Senior School in Jiangsu Province, obtained his Master of Science from Nanjing Normal University in 2011. His research interests encompass various aspects of high school physics education, including the derivation of physics test questions from academic papers, participation in physics competitions like the S.-T. Yau High School Physics Award and Physics Olympiad, and the promotion of astronomy education and STEM education. With his guidance, his students have achieved success in numerous national physics competitions, garnering over 10 awards. Jun Su has also contributed extensively to the field of Physics and Astronomy Education, with more than 10 publications in respected journals such as the American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, Physics Education, and University Physics. Previously, he served as a reviewer for The Physics Teacher." 


Time: 14:00-15:00PM, 17/April, Wednesday 

Venue: Room 508 (large seminar room), Department of Astronomy 


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