Physics is all about the *crunch*. Theory is fun, and dreaming up the “Why is it so” is great, but right at the bottom, it is all about real world data and using it to find out laws about the way the worlds works.
You may remember the movie “The Matrix” – the scene were Neo finally sees the world as a computer code – all the agents as human shaped green code. This is a great metaphor; the world can be measured and that data can be used to imagine the world.
As prospective physicists (should you manage to endure the pain of VCE physics, and complete your further studies), you must learn how to make your data dance – how to make your experiments reveal the meaning behind the measurements you make. We have looked at two powerpoints, one about graphical analysis, and one about error management and uncertainty calculations – these two presentations are embedded below. Take the time to go over them, and make sure you not only understand them, but can do it yourself.
This post will be updated over the weekend, but I wanted to make sure you had some materials to start. I also want you to post a comment on this as soon as you download the material, just so I know you can access it (that is *all* CMC students!)
is a link to the first work requirement for all students (I know that there is a link to the answers at the bottom, so you’d better be able to explain your working!)
As we have mentioned in class, you will have an advantage if you can use Excel to process and present data. Excel is a common program, but it is difficult to use for scientific purposes. You should visit the Quantum Boffin
site, which has a set of three videos which will help you develop the necessary skills. (Find them on the left column of the page).
See you in class!