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Practical physics

Practical physics
Sixth Form physicists hard at work.
Wednesday 29th June 2011 by C. Freeman

Testing the strength of an eggshell, firing an electromagnetic gun and gauging the efficiency of a catapult were just a few of the 30 different experiments carried out by students for their physics coursework. The Year 12 students each chose to undertake one project from a list of 380 possible experiments and carried out their research over a three-day period, assisted by teachers including Mr Tiktin.

He said: ‘All around the room there are totally different things going on, but behind every experiment there is A Level physics. One student has shone light into water and has discovered that instead of getting less light at a greater depth, the meter seems to be suggesting that there is more light getting through. That has given him a problem he doesn’t understand so he is going to have to think about that. These are real investigations, the students are finding how to get things right ... eventually they will get there. They have to be very careful how they analyse their results as this practical experiment equates to 15 per cent of their final A2 grade.’

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