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Mechanics | Senior Physics | meriSTEM


About This Course

meriSTEM Mechanics module explores linear motion and force including velocity, acceleration, forces, vectors, free body diagrams, Newton's laws, momentum and conservation of energy. Introduced by meriSTEM expert contributors and brought to life by your teacher.

Course sub-topics

  • Motion
  • Calculating motion
  • Velocity problems
  • Acceleration problems
  • Forces
  • Vectors
  • Momentum
  • Applying momentum to problems
  • Energy
  • Work

Information for teachers

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Course Staff

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Joe Hope

Joe Hope is an ARC Future Fellow who leads a theory group focussing on many aspects of quantum theory. He investigates atom lasers, BEC, quantum memories, atom-light entanglement and quantum field theoretical techniques. He is also interested in feedback-based control of atom lasers and other high-dimensional quantum systems.

Joe teaches the undergraduate theoretical physics course Phys3001 and the honours course in quantum mechanics. He uses blended learning approaches in these courses, where lectures are replaced by online materials and face-to-face time comes in the form of workshops. He is also using this approach as the basis for the MeriSTEM project, which aims to provide similar materials for secondary education. He has received an OLT Award for Teaching Excellence and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education.

Joe's group hosts the development for the popular XMDS software integration package (, which has been downloaded in 71 countries. He is the secretary for the Australian Institute of Physics, and on the committees of the Education and Women in Physics topical subgroups of the AIP. He works with local high school physics teachers to support secondary teaching, and often co-ordinates or performs outreach activities.

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Vanessa Robins

Vanessa Robins is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University. Her research interests include computational topology and geometry. She works on the underlying mathematics, algorithms, and applications to scientific problems.

Vanessa has taught a number of courses at the ANU, including the first year advanced mathematics course and she currently teaches third year condensed matter.

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Adele Morrison

Adele Morrison is a physical oceanographer at the Australian National University. She studies ocean dynamics by simulating the global ocean circulation on a supercomputer. Much of her research is related to climate change, such as figuring out why the warm ocean currents around Antarctica are changing and how much ice melt and sea level rise this may lead to. Before returning to research, Adele was a secondary school teacher in Canberra, teaching physics and maths.

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