Scottish Science Homework Task
For those students who need a bit of structure

Above are the material for the 2019 S1 Scottish Scientist Competition. This is a compulsory homework piece.



Here is the task

Topic: How Scientists from Scotland, or working in Scotland have made a big difference to our lives.

Logo good

Task- Summary break down

  1. To research
  2. To identify a topic
  3. To present your work Details

1. You need to research and report on Scottish Science. Find some Science being carried out in Scotland that interests you, or some Scottish Scientists working abroad. The work must have happened after World War Two (WW2)- that means after 1945.

2. For the week beginning Monday 10th October, record on your template sheet who or what your chosen subject will be. This will then be discussed with your teacher to make sure it is meets the rules.

3. When your teacher has said your project meets the standard you should research more into your topic.

4. Present your work (by 18th November ) including the following:

  • a. Your Name,
  • b. Your Register class,
  • c. Who or what Science or Scientist you have researched?
  • d. What Science do carry out (this must be Science and not social science etc.)?,
  • e. How is this Science relevant to us?
  • f. What effect have they made on the environment or society?
  • g. Where did you get your information (include the sources); for example, record the website or book you used to obtain the information?
  • h. Try to find or draw some pictures to go with your topic i. The minimum length is one side of A4 paper, the maximum is 4 sides of A4 paper. The person submitting the best piece of work will win the JUNIOR SCIENCE TROPHY.
  • DEADLINES One sentence on who or what you plan to study: Science period during week beginning 10th October

Final document: 18th November

Homework Help: See your teacher if you need additional help or would like to attend a homework class to help get you started.

Possible sources of information

For the link above it might be a good idea to start near the end (about p40), but make sure you choose a Scientist, and not a social or political scientist (who aren’t really scientists)

Add a comment below if you need further help or ask your Science Teacher.


BGE Transport Materials

Here is the start of the TRANSPORT materials for lower school. You could choose to use this as an applications based upper school science course.

I have uploaded the powerpoint presentations and the corresponding pdf versions. Please note most of these files are very big! The file we are working on is highlighted in red.

       pdf                            powerpoint
 Transport INTRO                   Transport INTRO             

Transport IN GROUPS            Transport IN GROUPS

 Speed & Velocity             	   Transport Speed & Velocity

This is broken down into 2 parts   Speed [21]
speed and velocity		   Velocity [21]

Transport Acceleration		   Transport Acceleration

Transport Forces    		   Transport Forces

Transport Graphs 		   Transport Graphs

Tart Ma Cart If you wish to have a copy of this document in powerpoint please contact Mrs Physics.

Below are a set of resources for use with various parts of the Road Safety Topic. All these documents are currently in word format. Eventually I will upload pdf copies too. They are not necessarily in order- sorry.

We mentioned using the calculator to convert hours and minutes to decimals. You can find the link here. Using your calculator

REVISION OF TRANSPORT MATERIALS A word document revising part 1

REVISION OF TRANSPORT MATERIALS A pdf version of the word document above

REVISION TRANSPORT ANSWERS The answers to the word document above

REVISION OF TRANSPORT ANSWERS  A pdf version of the word document above.

holiday competition instructions Pupils find their average speed for a journey they made during the holidays. Issue prior to the holidays

Finding the Area Here is an exercise for students who might find it difficult to find the area under a v-t graph

Casualties grouptask This task might be a good starter for National 5 Assignments

Physics of Road signs Linking Physics with Road Signs, to introduce how Road Safety is all about Physics. This makes a good starter homework. The answers aren’t fixed and can be a great discussion opportunity.

MEASURING REACTION TIME Some ideas on how to find the reaction time of students, including some great websites. If you have a FIFEX reaction timer they make great practicals too.

Here are three links to reaction time games

sheep reaction.swf    read-your-signals/game-reaction-time

mathsisfun reaction-time

This excel spreadsheet will allow you to find your reaction times from a dropping ruler. Just enter the drop distances in the yellow boxes and excel does the rest. Don’t forget to write down the values it gives you.

Time calculator

Speed TASK Mat 1 Using playmats find the speed of a car.

Speed TASK Mat 2 A different type of playmat.

Stopping Distance or open as a pdf Stopping-Distance

The Post Office van An example of speed distance time, and also can be used for displacement and velocity.

vdt problems A dominoes game to practice speed, distance and time. Use as a homework

vdt problem answers The answers to the dominoes above.

Displacement This sheet has been extended as shown below.

Finding Velocity 2017   Velocity sheet 2017

The Post van displacement

For additional practise try the link to the BBC Bitesize website and try the revision, video and test

Why your tyres are important in Road Safety

Homework sheet- do half an hour

speed distance time a problem sheet with answer for you to practise.

Stopping Distance or as a pdf  Stopping-Distance

speed A road safety published book on speed

TASK finding average speed and velocity

car_crashes A road safety book on car crashes.

Momentum basics

Causes of Road Accidents. Research the reasons why the number of road accidents Causes of Road Traffic Accidents


Word Definition Unit
Acceleration Is the change in speed in one second. . An unbalanced force causes acceleration or deceleration. Usually this is measured in m/s2 but can be measured in mph/s
Air Resistance It is the force that slows things down when they are moving through air.  
At rest we use this term to mean not moving. We can also say the object is stationary.  
Average speed  found by timing how long it takes a vehicle to travel a known distance. Distance travelled per second. measured in m/s
Balanced forces When two equal forces are acting on an object in opposite directions and cancel each other out  
Chemical energy A store of energy in the form of a chemical, eg fuel for cars and food  
construction how something is made  
Deceleration The decrease in speed in one second. Something slowing down. This should be represented by NEGATIVE ACCELERATION metres per second squared (m/s2) or ONLY in Transport mph/s
Displacement how far you have travelled in a straight line. We would say “as the crow flies” It is measured in metres or miles but must also have a direction. eg 10m north, 20 miles to the left.
Distance how far you have travelled. It is another name for length.  It is measured in metres or during our road safety topic miles.
Dynamics The mechanics part dealing with Forces  
Effects of a Force A force can change an objects speed, shape and direction.  
Energy Can be changed from one form into another form but cannot be created or destroyed  
Force A push or a pull. Has the symbol F and is measured in Newtons (N). Newton
Force of gravity Another name for weight Newton
Friction Is a force that can oppose the motion of a body. Newton
Gravitational field strength It is the force of gravity or weight acting on every kilogram. The weight per unit mass
Newton’s per kilogram
Gravitational potential energy The work done against gravity Joule
Gravity A phenomena that causes objects to fall down, BE CAREFUL HOW YOU USE THIS TERM and where possible try to avoid it.  
Heat energy The energy produced when objects are slowed down by friction. Joule
Heat energy The internal energy of an object. Heat may be defined as energy in transit from a high temperature object to a lower temperature object. Joule
Hookes Law This law states that providing you don’t overstretch a spring the stretch or extension of a spring will double if the force on the spring is doubled.  
Instantaneous speed is the speed at which you are travelling over a very short distance. It is measured in metres per second or miles per hour.
Instantaneous speed The speed at one particular point in time (and can be very different from the average speed). It is the same as average speed if journey time is very small or if the object is traveling at a constant speed. m/s
Kinematics Mechanics dealing with motion, speed, acceleration etc  
Kinetic energy Symbol Ek Is the energy an object has because it is moving. The higher the speed the greater will be it’s kinetic energy Joule
maintenance the care or upkeep of a mechanical object  
Mass The amount of matter in an object and is measured in kilograms. kilogram
Mechanics The branch of Physics dealing with motion (how things move).  
Momentum The product of mass and velocity. A quantity that only moving objects possess.  
Newton balance Is used to measure force (a spring balance)  
Newtons First Law States that an object remains at rest or continues in the same direction at the same speed, unless there is an unbalanced force acting  
Newtons Second Law States that F = m x a  
Potential energy A store of energy Joule
Reaction Force A force pushing in the opposite direction to the action force eg, a gun fires a bullet, the gun places as action force on the bullet but the bullet places a REACTION force on the gun. Newton
Reaction Time The time it takes our brain to process information that something has changed, or a danger has occurred. second
Resultant force A force can change an objects speed, shape and direction. Newton
Scalar A quantity that is fully described by a value and unit  
Speed how far you travel every second. In the lab our distances are measured in metres and our time is measured in seconds so our units of speed would be metres per second.
Speed is the distance travelled in unit time. In road safety we look at miles travelled every hour or miles per hour.
Stationary we use this term to mean not moving. We can also say the object is at rest.  
Time how long your journey took. It is measured in seconds or during our road safety topic hours.
Uniform Speed When your speed is uniform we mean that your speed isn’t changing.   It remains constant.  
Upthrust It is the force that pushes things up in water.  
Vector A quantity that is fully described by a value, a direction and unit.  
Vehicle A thing used for transporting people or goods, esp. on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.  
Weight It is the force of gravity pulling an object down and is measured in Newtons  
Work done Is a measure of the energy transferred when a force moves through a distance. Work done = force x distance in the direction of force  

Stopping Dist answers

Be safe!

Safety saves sickness, suffering, sadness. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Practice “Safety First” to-day: It may be too late to-morrow. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Do not depend on others for safety — Help yourself. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material — investigate — then act. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s


S2 & S3

The power point presentation above is what is currently in use in the S3 lesson.

Introduction to Science, including safety

Logo good

Here are copies of your Skills Passport if you lose yours, you’ll have to print out another copy.

This information should be in your jotter. Learn it for your test and follow the information in your classes. It will make you safe.

Safety information

Try this link to check out your knowledge of safety in the lab!

Safety in the Lab Game

or try this one and get a certificate on completion to add to your CV

NC BioNetwork Lab Safety Please note in the usual school lab you will not generally need to wear gloves and lab coats need only be worn using some chemicals (and not ones you’ll use in S1-S4)

equipment pdf file This is a draw a line between the equipment and its name. Use this for revision practice.

Readings homework  This is a word sheet, if you can’t open it in word use the pdf file below.

Readings homework This is the same sheet as above but in word format. Make sure you can read the volumes from the measuring cylinders. Start by finding out what the scale reads.

Bunsen diagram  Draw or stick in a labelled diagram of a Bunsen and know how to use it.

Using a Bunsen How to light and use a Bunsen correctly.

This is the material on the investigation you ought to have completed in class.

Here are some sheets to remind you how to draw scientific equipment.

Science equipment drawing work sheet Try to label the equipment yourself. The answers are given on the sheet below.

Science equipment drawing labelled Here is a labelled version of the sheet above. Learn the names of the equipment.

Part of the Notes from the intro section.

An edited version, saved as a pdf of the introduction unit to your Science course.

S1 INV SCIENCE June 2016


Risk Assessment for students

You must always think carefully when planning and doing an experiment.  Completing a risk assessment is part of every investigation.


Pendulum Here is a powerpoint of the pendulum investigation you completed in class. Use it to revise and help you with further investigations.

Pendulum Here the powerpoint has been published as a pdf file so that you can open it.

If you were struggling to find the mean average for the times, go to the maths section in the national 5 part to read about working this out.

Graphs & variables

Drawing Graphs

Drawing Graphs a4 graph paper-2-10mm


Click on this link below to find out about variables this is a word document. variables and graphs

Click on this link below to find out about variables this is a pdf document so most people should be able to read this.

variables and graphs


Use the statements below to evaluate your performance in this unit and see how you got on.

S1 Introduction Pupil Profile Statements


To find out about how to revise look over the presentation on Revision Technique with someone at home found on the website


Revision for the Electricity Topic

Click on the links to take you to some revision items for your Electricity Test.

Series and Parallel Test

Electric Current and Voltage Test

Practical Circuits Test _ for the really good!

Electricity Revision Quiz– this is an Activinspire presentation that your teacher might use, but as most of you wont have that package I’ve saved it as a pdf. file. It isn’t very interactive this way but hey ho!

Going Further

If you’ve enjoyed this topic, but it just wasn’t deep enough or long enough then you might want to go deeper. Try the following site, but remember in Scottish Physics we teach electron flow and not conventional current. You can read about that in one of the blog sections.

Going deeper with the electronics club


Teacher Materials Electricity

Teachers Guide v2 Here is the pdf version of the Teacher notes that we will be using during the S1 Physics course. If you miss a lesson then use this guide to help you out.

Teachers, you’re most welcome to use this material, although a credit for MrsPhysics or Lockerbie Academy would be appreciated. If you require a word version, please get in touch through the comments box.


Background Documents to Ohm Comforts

Rather than the usual way of teaching the topic of electricity we’ll take a novel approach. All the staff here hope that you’ll enjoy it. Do feedback to your teacher what you think about it. Unfortunately with the new time schedule we don’t have as long as we hoped on this topic and some of the material might need to be completed at home or in Science Club, including the additions to the Dolls’ House. Do take time to make something special, so far we’ve had examples of people making lit and turning BBQs, turning microwaves, lit fridges, and a fitness suite.

Intro electricity  This document introduces you as Apprentice Electricians and gives the reason behind the title ‘Ohm Comforts’.

Terry & June The owners of the house which you’ve been charged with fixing.

Estate Agent particulars Details of the house that needs your skills to upgrade.

Estate Agent single Signs for the house should a teacher wish to make their own house.

BADGE When you’ve passed your apprenticeship you’ll be entitled to wear the badge.

Ripe for some Ohm Comforts

How could you add electrical items in here?

How could you improve this room?

Ohm Comforts