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KatherineGale

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Practical Investigation
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:51:31 pm »
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Hi ...

I'm looking at doing Physics 3/4 next year and I've seen something called the practical investigation in the study design. I'm just wondering if anyone can give me a better idea of what it consists of. Is it similar to the chemistry investigation? What kinds of things have people done for it?

I really don't know much about it, so any thoughts would help!

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Re: Practical Investigation
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 01:07:40 pm »
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It's more intense than the chem one, but it's the same principal: you come up with an experiment, collect data, analyse and interpret your results, and communicate that in the form of a scientific poster.


There's heaps (maybe even too much) information here: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/adviceforteachers/physics/si_student_investigations.aspx
and here: http://www.vicphysics.org/practical-investigation.html
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Re: Practical Investigation
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 01:18:22 pm »
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It's more intense than the chem one...

Just to expand on this a little, I think why miniturtle may have mentioned this is because iirc, the study design explicitly asks students to design an experiment with two continuous independent variables, which can be quite a challenge. However, the way in which this is run can differ significantly from school to school, so you might hear some very different experiences depending on who you ask.


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Re: Practical Investigation
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 01:56:25 pm »
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Just to expand on this a little, I think why miniturtle may have mentioned this is because iirc, the study design explicitly asks students to design an experiment with two continuous independent variables, which can be quite a challenge. However, the way in which this is run can differ significantly from school to school, so you might hear some very different experiences depending on who you ask.



It's more intense than the chem one, but it's the same principal: you come up with an experiment, collect data, analyse and interpret your results, and communicate that in the form of a scientific poster.


There's heaps (maybe even too much) information here: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/adviceforteachers/physics/si_student_investigations.aspx
and here: http://www.vicphysics.org/practical-investigation.html


Thank you both!  I'll have a look at those links now :)