91168 Non-linear Physics Investigation - Home Use

91168 Non-linear Physics Investigation - Home Use

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This version of the resource is for home use. Students work independently through the resource. If you are a teacher, you should purchase the school use version.

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What you’ll learn

This course contains everything you need to learn for Acheivement Standard 91168. When you carry out a practical investigation in physics you’ll need to:

  • decide on a purpose for your investigation
  • plan your investigation
  • gather and record the data
  • process and interpret that data
  • draw a conclusion in relation to your original purpose
  • write a discussion.

In earlier science courses you’ve probably had a go at some or all of these steps already. But up until now, any physics investigations you’ve carried out are likely to have been limited to experiments that relate to linear mathematical relationships, i.e. where there is a straight-line relationship between two variables.

In this course, however, we’re focusing on investigations that will lead to non-linear relationships. This is where there is not a straight-line or direct relationship between our two variables.

Common non-linear relationships that apply in physics are, where k is a constant and x and y are the two variables:

  • a square relationship (y = kx2)
  • a square root relationship (y = kx)
  • an inverse relationship (y = k/x)
  • an inverse square relationship (y = k/x2).

This course covers the things you’ll need to know and be able to do for Achievement Standard 91168. In it you'll find out how to:

  • plan an investigation that will allow you to gather valid, reliable data leading to a non-linear relationship
  • minimise errors when taking measurements
  • process and graph the data you collect
  • transform a non-linear graph so you can identify the relationship between two variables
  • write a conclusion and discussion.

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