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Workshop on the Practical Investigation

6:00pm - 7:00pm, Thursday, 17th August

Melbourne Girls' College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

This workshop is the second half of the next meeting of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network. The focus of the workshop will be on the Practical Investigation with an emphasis:

  • Advising students on topics and
  • Assessing the plan, the logbook and the poster.

To confirm attendance, please email Vicphysics. Dinner afterwards is an optional extra.

Resources for the workshop

Activity worksheets for this workshop are being developed and will be posted by early August. In the meantime, the following material is of value.

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Topics for Practical Investigations

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This is the list of PI topics that were used as part of the Small Group Activities at the 2017 Physics Teachers' Conference. Each of these topics has detailed titles to provide guidance to students. Also added at the end of this list are detailed titles that offer more challenge. At the end of the list there are topics with short titles that students will need to unpack.

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Unit 2 Poster: Air pressure in a soccer ball

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The effect of the internal air pressure on the distance travelled. A poster by a Year 11 student of their practical investigation.

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Unit 2 Poster: Mechanical properties of impurities in Ice

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The effect of adding sawdust to ice on its mechanical properties. A poster by a Year 11 student of their practical investigation.

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Unit 2 Poster: Terminal velocity of a parachute

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How does the mass of the object attached to a parachute affect the parachute's terminal velocity? . A poster by a Year 11 student of their practical investigation.

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Unit 2 Poster: Tipcat - Maximising horizontal flight distance of a ruler

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A poster by a Year 11 student of their practical investigation.

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Unit 2 Poster: EPI Experiment: Tipcat

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Investigation of the horizontal flight distance of a ruler hit from the edge of a table. A poster by a Year 11 student of their practical investigation.

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Comments on the Unit 2 Posters

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Feedback provided to the Year 11 students identifying aspects done well and areas where improvement was possible. The Unit 2 posters commented on are available on this webpage.

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Table of criteria for the Prcatical Investigation

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The criteria for the Practical Investigation from VCAA Physics Assessment Booklet have been arranged in a table format for ease of use. Each row contains related comments on a particular aspect e.g. 'Understanding' from each of the score ranges, e.g. 'Demonstrates an advanced understanding of the investigation' through to 'Demonstrates a limited understanding of ...'. The full text has been broken up, covering the categories of 'understanding', 'hypothesis', 'procedures', 'safety', 'improvements', 'data', 'records', 'presentation', 'estimates', 'analysis', 'communication', 'explanations', each with a separate row. The table has been updated with a column indicating whether each category can be assessed by the student's plan, their logbook or the poster.