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Practical physics

Practical physics
Measuring data.
Thursday 17th February 2011 by C. Freeman
Students had a choice of 25 different experiments to perform for their AS level coursework. As part of the ‘equality of measurement’ module, they had to set up an experiment, record a set of results and then analyse them to see how good their measurements were.

Experiments ranged from measuring the oscillation of a thread, to the velocity of sound, measuring the wavelength of light and taking readings from a thermistor, an electronic device to see how its resistance voltage changes with temperature.

Teacher Mr Peter Tiktin said: ‘We just cleared the laboratory for three days so students could set up their experiments for an extended period. They took two or three days to get their measurements then had a week and a half to write the results up. We had a broad range of experiments and they all went extremely well.’

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