Don’t make it an EPI(c) FAIL!

The extended practical investigation (EPI) is a real trial by fire – if you don’t prepare, you are going to get burned. The EPI is all about your ability to combine the physics theory you have learnt in class with the application to real world situations.

This combines your understanding with your ability to make measurements carefully and accurately, taking into account the amount of precision you are able to achieve with the tools you choose to use.

It is also a trial of your common sense – can you think through the scenario and make sensible decisions about what you can investigate, and how you will go about it in a timely manner.

There are four main parts of this project: Planning; Measuring; Analysing and Reporting. You will need to plan to do a lot of work outside of class and how to divide up the work with your partner – the in class times are not the time to be trying to decide what to do; you must be working diligently in every second you have available – you must know what you are going to do and get on with it. You do not have time to spend figuring out what you are going to do.

So, how do you get prepared? First of all, you have been told that the task will be focussed on circular motion under the effects of gravity (e.g. banking turns). You must make sure you have completely revised the physics behind that topic.

Secondly, you should make sure you have sorted out your expectations with your partner. You will need to be able to work together outside of class times – ensure that you have arranged times and places to do this work.

Thirdly, you *must* read the following two documents – we will be using a slightly different document, but they provide you with critical information about what you will have to do in the experiment (1, 2)

Finally, it might be worth looking at some of the other posts on this blog about doing an EPI – and any student comments (1, 2).

All that is left to do now is make sure you are getting plenty of rest, because I wouldn’t expect to be getting much next week. Am I serious? click the link to find out.

See you in class!

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2 Comments on “Don’t make it an EPI(c) FAIL!”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    A specialized “yeah” button! We truly live in an enlightened society!

    It seems from these two documents that we may not have adequate time to complete this outcome. The documents say between 300-400 minutes should be allowed, and yet if out after school sessions are only for an hour, we fall short of this by a minimum of 40 minutes (264). Should the after school classes perhaps run longer?

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