Archive for the ‘Year 10’ category

Psychology by the numbers

September 29, 2013

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Psychology would seem, at first look, to be one of the sciences with the least involvement with mathematics. After all, psychology is all about the mind, all about people – what does mathematics have to do with that?

Well, as it turns out, a lot! The main reason is that mathematics is of use, is that psychology has one aspect that most people don’t consider. Most think of psychology as relating to a single person, but there is one other consideration. We also care about how groups respond, and how the individual compares to the group.

To this end, we need a simple way to describe groups, so we can compare them to each other and to the individual. The best way to do this reliably is to use mathematics – and we are interested in two particular concepts – the idea of what the average value of a group is, and the idea of how much the group is distributed.

In this post, I will cover the basic mathematics you will need to describe these concepts – which you will need for your Empirical Research Activity (ERA) report that is due at the end of term 4. The mathematics is *not* difficult, and you will be able to the majority of it on your computer, by using microsoft excel (or a similar piece of software).

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Coach Carter Resources

September 13, 2013

I am away with sick family; my wife is back in hospital. I expect to be back next week. To help you complete the Coach Carter assignment, here are some links for you.

Clips & documentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1wAemvxNaM&list=PLX6h0nhwPt5pNaEk3CaVB8WrVmSkVbIe7

Script & useful quotes (If you want top grades, I expect you to find your own relevant quotes)

http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/c/coach-carter-script-transcript.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393162/quotes

See you in class.

 

What is Psychology?

July 15, 2013

funny - science - psychology - count the children 12 or 13Psychology is possibly the most interesting subject that you can take in school. Why? Because it is (mostly!) all about you – and you are interesting, aren’t you?

This semester, we will be studying an introduction to psychology – we will be looking at what psychology is, what sort of jobs are available in psychology, how to conduct research in psychology and a few of the more interesting types of psychological specialisations.

There will be a lot of fun this semester, but also a lot of work. Please talk to the students of last semester’s class if you think it will be easy – it isn’t and you will need to be working hard to succeed!

The human brain is an amazing thing – the picture just above is an example – are there 12 or 13 children shown in the picture  – it’s a trick, but it does show you how easy it is to trick your brain.

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Avoid making ERRORS in your ERAs.

April 3, 2013

Psychology-is-fun-psychology-22111146-500-372To get the right answer, you must know how to ask the right question(s) – and psychology is all about questions  – how to ask them, what to ask, and most importantly of all, why to ask them.

Psychology will teach you about how to think – and how to understand something about the way others think. The starting point for our studies in psychology is how to approach the study of people – their behaviours &  and how the mind is related to them – in a scientific fashion. To do this, we are working toward defining and working with variables, and forming and testing hypotheses.

This process is recorded in an report called an “Empirical Research Activity” (and “ERA”), and you have to write one – just in case you weren’t paying attention for the last 10 weeks!

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Happy New Year and Roll Call! (URGENT!)

January 17, 2013

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URGENT! All students reading this need to get started! Please ensure that you have commented as required before the first day of school!

Welcome to 2013, students of Melba Secondary College! I hope you have had a wonderful and restful holiday, because it is that time again – time to start school!

It’s a new year, and a new school for all of us. Some of you are already familiar with the senior campus; some of you are new – but all of us have a lot to get done this year.

Perhaps you are studying Physics or Mathematical Methods or Psychology with me (or even more than one; if so, you obviously have some bad karma to work off…), but regardless of subject, we have to get started.

This is the first blog post of the year – there will be many more, and this blog is a critical part of your learning experience this year. Anything you find on this blog is assessable, and your participation on this blog throughout the year is part of how I assess you.

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Fly me to the Moon!

June 24, 2012

Welcome to Year 10 Astronomy, Students, Parents and Colleagues!

This semester we will be doing many things – we have almost twenty weeks, so there is a lot of time to get into the fun stuff! We will be starting with:

ROCKETS!

Rockets are amazing – they are Humanity’s ticket off earth, and eventually may be a crucial part of the future history and development of Homo Sapiens. We are starting our study of rockets with some very simple investigations into balloon rockets. Balloon rockets (actually all rockets!) work by pushing gases out the back of the rocket – which due to Newton’s Third Law means that the rocket is pushed forwards!

Think about it – if you put your hands on a wall, and push hard on the wall, you move away from the wall. It’s not because the wall is attached to the ground (although that helps, because you can push harder!), it’s because the wall pushes on you just as hard as you push on it!

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Energising Alternatives!

May 27, 2012

We have spent the last two weeks studying the mechanisms behind the greenhouse effect, and also the enhanced greenhouse effect. Remember that the greenhouse effect is a natural part of Earth’s atmosphere – it helps capture heat from the Sun, and means that Earth’s climate is suitable for human life.

You need to understand that the reason that the Earth’s is habitable is that it is at a very special distance from our Sun. The Energy that our Sun gives off provides enough heat at the distance that the Earth orbits to keep water liquid. If we were much closer, water would boil into steam (like Mercury or Venus), and if we were much futher away, water would freeze into ice (like Mars or the other outer planets). This is the so-called “Habitable Zone” (or sometimes the “Goldilocks Zone” – because it is not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right) of our Sun. Earth is on the outer edge of this zone, and so the natural ability of the Earth’s atmosphere to store heat keeps the Earth environment survivable. (If you want to know more about this, try these links: 1, 2, 3, 4)

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CO2 Science Experiment

May 24, 2012

To warm up or not too. Are we having a severe effect on global warming? We have looked at science behind climate change and learnt what keeps the planet warm – Greenhouse gases, Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide and water vapour.

Carbon Dioxide is being examined in-depth. What levels of Carbon Dioxide do emitters actually emit? To reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide should we all hold our breath? Stop driving cars? Plant more trees? Or not worry about it?

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Genetically modified lizard and alligator invades on year 10 science class. Who will survive?

April 23, 2012

For all the news and updates of genetic information and natural selection this is a must read!

This post is an evolutional changing experience, taking you from the basic building blocks of life through to inheritance then through to natural selection of monsters vs students? Who will survive?

The monster was last seen in the classroom and reports of finding eggs are still flooding the phone lines with sighting of the monster and monster egg being discovered. Let’s hope for the human race all eggs have been found and destroyed.

The monster is still at large and numerous sighing have been reported. Where it can be found no one knows, but one thing is for sure the environment it is in is suitable for the monster.

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To unlock cells – you need a key (updated!)

April 4, 2012

So, we are getting towards the end of our first unit of study – Genetics & Natural Selection. We’ve looked at the relationship between evolution & natural selection. To finish this unit of study, we need to understand how cells propagate – how one cell becomes more.

This process is called cell division, and there are two main types: Mitosis and Meiosis. But before we get too far into this topic, you may want to revise the important concepts of Genetics. Here is a post that covers the genetics topics – I strongly suggest you go back and read it (and watch the videos!) – not doing this will do bad things to your results…

So, back to the cell division topic – what do you have to know? The problem is is you look this topic up on the internet, you will find far more information than you need at year 10 – information about what the different phases are, what happens during each phase, a lot of details. You should try and learn this information if you plan on studying biology during VCE, but otherwise you only need to know the basics.

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