Archive for June 2011

Media Response Planning

June 13, 2011

 Well, you have your final outcome – time to start thinking and planning.

The physics study guide is here; look for media response to find information about the nature of the task.

Basically, you have to respond analytically to one or media articles. This means that you have to read the article, and consider the issues raised and present a summation of your own position in response to the articles. Your response must be scientific; this means that instead of stating opinions, you must consider the science that you have learned and explain its relevance to the issues you are addressing.

The articles you are responding to are here.


Story Time!

June 5, 2011

Well, you’ve finished your exam and I’m sure you’ve been good boys and girls, so now it is story time!

Everyone by now must have selected a page (or pages) from John & Betty’s Journey into Complex Numbers, and planned with your partner what media you will be using to explain your section.

Will you use a poster? A podcast? A youtube clip? A powerpoint? An animoto?  A prezi? A mindmap? A skit? A song? A game?

It doesn’t matter what presentation type you choose, the challenge is the same – you must make the most of the advantages of the medium you choose. As an example, let’s discuss a YouTube clip.

Why would you want to use a YouTube clip? Well there are at least two reasons – one being that you want to capture movement – perhaps a physical demonstration of the concept or an act, and the second reason that you want share or embed the content in a website. If you don’t want one of these things, then you should select an alternative medium. For example, printing out a story about complex numbers, and then putting down the pages, taking a picture of each and putting the pictures into a slideshow and then uploading the result to youtube would be an ineffective use, and wouldn’t demonstrate intelligent usage of the medium.


Applying yourself to the (Application) task.

June 5, 2011

It’s time.

This is the last School Assessed Coursework for Unit 3 – your last chance to get those critical marks that will improve you study score – and your eventual ATAR.

At this point, you probably are (should be!) stressing a lot – how do you prepare for this task? What can you do to get ready for this?

Well, the extension questions in your book are an obvious starting point – particularly those in chapter 10, so I hope you’ve been doing that much.

Another obvious support is your Checkpoints book – try doing good extended problems from there

Getting your bound reference up to date – including examples of how to use your CAS, particularly define(), solve() and how to graph, can be very useful

But what you really need are examples of prior Application tasks. Where are you going to get those?


Binding Energy & Excel(l)ing at Graphs

June 5, 2011

Well, that’s it – you’ve finished your Extended Practical Investigation…


You didn’t think it was over, did you? Really? That’s cute…

Well, you still have to demonstrate some level of reflection, communication and discussion about your findings. Part of learning to be a scientist is contributing to community discussions – discussing and improving the common practice.

You know how important it is to communicate scientific ideas clearly, and be able to respond to scientific information in reporting in a considered and appropriate (yet sceptical)  manner.

So, you are required (yes, this is a work requirement) to do the following tasks: