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#1 Bigmanstu

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 04:50 PM

Hi all,

I need to decide what the subject of my AH Physics Investigation will be. unsure.gif

What have other forum members done in the past or could you give me any ideas for what I should do!! huh.gif

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:10 PM

I too am looking for a good source on potential practical projects in AH physics.

Any help would be greatly appreciated wink.gif

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 03:50 PM

Hey, I'm doing AH physics as well, but we do not start our investigation for a while yet.

Do you read magazines like New Scientist? There is a lot of information in such publications which could help you with your project.

Most of my class subscribes to New Scientist or Scientific American.
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 05:21 PM

QUOTE(werlop @ Sep 13 2004, 04:50 PM)
Hey, I'm doing AH physics as well, but we do not start our investigation for a while yet.

Do you read magazines like New Scientist? There is a lot of information in such publications which could help you with your project.

Most of my class subscribes to New Scientist or Scientific American.

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Me 2 im doing advanced, weve also got a while yet for our investigations, but why not start to plan early.
Btw which investigation are you all doing in class?
We have just done the Outcome 3 one, the angular accelerationn with torque one.
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 08:16 PM

We've more or less been told ot keep it simple, the best opton being just to do something from the unit we're working on at the moment. Its a bit of a burden for us to start them so early but our teacher says he just wants us to get them done as quick as possible and out the way.

I need to put my initial ideas in by Thursday. At the moment it looks like being measurements of g, or something to do with centripetal acceleration.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE(Holmes @ Sep 13 2004, 08:16 PM)
We've more or less been told ot keep it simple, ...our teacher says he just wants us to get them done as quick as possible and out the way.

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Our teacher who is a marker for the investigations at advanced higher was talking to use about that sort of thing. Apparently there has been an increasing downward trend in the quality of the investigations over the years that advanced higher has been running. From what she has seen the simple investigations tend to score poorly where as other invetigations which transcend the course tend to score well. Those investigations which seem to have been done "to get them out of the way" also seem to score poorly.

Now dont start ranting at me for saying that becuase I am sure that your teacher and you know what you are doing, I am just giving you the perspecive of a marker.
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Posted 14 September 2004 - 06:11 PM

my investigation is to measure the focal length of a concave and cenvex lens using three different methods. i think its pretty good and has been done before and scored highly as far as i know

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE(Dave @ Sep 14 2004, 06:11 PM)
my investigation is to measure the focal length of a concave and cenvex lens using three different methods. i think its pretty good and has been done before and scored highly as far as i know

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i know a marker and they say keep it simple and produce a good report at AH level,,dont make it complex


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Posted 15 September 2004 - 04:29 PM

Well i have to put in my inital ideas for tomorow about the project. after much research this afternoon ive came to the conclusion of doing something to do with refraction. Im going to find the refractive indexes for a liquid using a few methods. either that or i will determine the variation between the temperature of a liquid and its refractive index.

My biggest problem at the moment is finding 1 method let alone a few for measuring the refractive index of liquids.

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE(Bigmanstu @ Aug 24 2004, 04:50 PM)
Hi all,

I need to decide what the subject of my AH Physics Investigation will be.  unsure.gif

What have other forum members done in the past or could you give me any ideas for what I should do!!  huh.gif

The more dangerous and original the better...  ph34r.gif

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 11:32 AM

QUOTE(Bigmanstu @ Aug 24 2004, 05:50 PM)
Hi all,

I need to decide what the subject of my AH Physics Investigation will be.  unsure.gif

What have other forum members done in the past or could you give me any ideas for what I should do!!  huh.gif

The more dangerous and original the better...  ph34r.gif

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Took me ages to think of somethin aswell. How about measuring refractive indices of substances at different temperatures and pressures an seeing if there are any relationships. I knew a guy got killed trying such experiments, V dangerous, was of boredom mind, but might be worth a try blink.gif


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Posted 28 September 2004 - 03:30 PM

QUOTE(kirki9 @ Sep 28 2004, 12:32 PM)
QUOTE(Bigmanstu @ Aug 24 2004, 05:50 PM)
Hi all,

I need to decide what the subject of my AH Physics Investigation will be.  unsure.gif

What have other forum members done in the past or could you give me any ideas for what I should do!!  huh.gif

The more dangerous and original the better...  ph34r.gif

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Took me ages to think of somethin aswell. How about measuring refractive indices of substances at different temperatures and pressures an seeing if there are any relationships. I knew a guy got killed trying such experiments, V dangerous, was of boredom mind, but might be worth a try blink.gif

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Thats what im doing, the refractive index related to temperature.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 05:36 PM

hey...my teacher just mentioned the projects to us today...said something about me doing one where you pour water through tubes and measure the speed or something like that....he told another guy in my class about the spectroscopy of a hydrogen atom...and another guy is doing torques....he said the easiest one to do is all the different measurements of g....and another possibility is how the resistance of an LDR varies with light intensity....sorry if thats a bit vague

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 08:28 PM

Ive been given my investigation topic, and i will be investigating ways to measure "g"!! (woohoo)

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 08:52 PM

they tell me thats one of the easier ones so congrats

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 09:08 PM

Hey Dave cheers.
Im not sure if its easy or whether its hard. I dont think it will be extremly difficult nor will it be too easy.
I think its finding the value for "g", using things like Simple Harmonic motion, with springs, and also pendulums.


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Posted 27 November 2004 - 09:28 PM

dry.gif logical i don't know how the guy in my class is going to do it i am pretty sure he aint even thought about it

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 09:34 PM

I havnt thought much about either, i was jut given it yesterday, so ill need to look on the web to see if i can find any experiments.
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Posted 27 November 2004 - 09:41 PM

A-level physics textbooks are always a good bet for this sorta thing sad but true

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 09:50 PM

Cheers, will try and get hold of 1, if ne 1 else knows any more good sources, then fire away! biggrin.gif

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