An adaptation of Tom Balanowski’s notes by Mr Bailey. This is a useful guide to teachers preparing students for their AH Physics Project. PLANNING is the KEY.
Below is a list of the titles for potential projects that we can offer. If you think of something else do discuss it with your teacher. A good project is something where the data can be used to generate a graph, from which information can be obtained. This then gives plenty of opportunities for analysis, and collecting marks!
|Focal length||Good one|
|Young’s Modulus||Can be good but watch the numbers|
|Refractive Index||But you’d need to find a method to generate graphs|
|Sheep||Difficult, but interesting|
|Sound||Lots of potential but work needed|
|LCR Circuits||If you like circuits this can be a good one|
|Planck’s Constant||If that is what you like!|
|Wavelength of Sodium Light||If that is what you like!|
|SHM||If that is what you like!|
|Moment of Inertia||Of Bike Wheels, fly wheels, spinners???|
|Viscocity||If you can find a way to generate graphs|
|Surface Tension||If you can find a way to generate graphs|
Also LASERs, Strings,
Here is the mark scheme for the project. It is worth 30 marks, so please ensure that you check off each part. Further details can be found in the Investigation Booklet, attached.
SQA mark scheme Mark scheme 2017 a pdf version of the mark scheme with space for marking.
Mark scheme 2017 a word version of the mark scheme with space for marking.
Project Mark Scheme 2 page marking scheme with room for comments.
Mark-Scheme 2 page marking scheme with room for comments on page 1. The pdf file of the above document.
Project Mark Scheme pdf file single page marking scheme, no room for comments.
UPDATED VERSION 2: AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers
Here is the information from Tom B, former PA for AH Physics, it is more for teachers than students, but it can’t do harm to read it and you might get some great tips.
AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers pdf version
AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers word version February 2017
Here is an excellent information sheet to using MS Excel for your project write ups including how to create error bars. (Thanks Tom B)
Use of Excel in AH 2010 this is the word version, below is the same document as a pdf file.
I am not allowed to give you a template to use for your project write-up, however, I think that you ought to be aware of the usefulness of WORD and how it can do many of the things that you need for your project write-up. I see this as similar to the Excel help that is given below.
If you’re lucky enough to have excel 2013- here is a document from Mr Taylor from Strathhaven on plotting graphs in excel with error bars etc.
AH Science Project write up pdf file
I’ll keep adding more as it arrives!