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Scientific Investigation for the VCE Physics Exam - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to help you decide which one of 12 topics you will choose as you complete the scientific investigation portion of the VCE Physics Exam. These lessons cover topics on this portion of the exam, including how to:
- Identify the characteristics and life cycle of the typical star and the method used for finding extrasolar planets
- Describe the mechanical aspects of basic movement
- Understand current circuits and airplanes and force
- Define nuclear energy and the use of physics in medicine
- Explain how particle accelerators and convex lenses work
- Relate pitch and volume to sound waves
- Calculate trajectory and electric potential difference
- Illustrate how a capacitor works
Each lesson will outline the topic and direct you to where you can learn more about it. If you have questions as you move through the chapter, contact one of our instructors for more help. The short quizzes that accompany each lesson let you quickly test your knowledge, and there is a comprehensive exam at the end of the chapter.
1. Average Star: Definition & Life Cycle
Stars come in all sorts of colors and sizes, but many of them are actually quite similar. This lesson will shed some twinkling light on the characteristics and life cycle of the average sun-like star.
2. Planets Around Distant Stars
This lesson will describe how extrasolar planets can be found and if any have been found. Methods like Doppler shifts, microlensing, and transits will be defined.
3. Fundamental & Dynamic Movement Skills
In this lesson, we discuss both fundamental and dynamic movement skills. We review a human's first five years of life, and we discuss the concepts of agility, balance, and coordination. We also recap various types of movement skills.
4. Impedance in Alternating Current Circuits
In this lesson, you will learn about topics that include the difference between DC and AC circuits, the use of rms values, definitions of impedance and reactance, and calculations involving the reactance of capacitors and inductors.
5. Airplanes & Force: Thrust, Drag, Lift & Weight
Learn about the four forces on an aircraft and how a pilot adjusts the various flaps to control these forces and control the plane. Then take control of your own learning and test yourself with a quiz.
6. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples
You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.
7. The Application of Physics in Medicine
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain how and why physics is used in the medical profession, as well as provide some examples. A short quiz will follow the lesson summary.
8. Particle Accelerators: History, Types & Uses
This lesson will introduce the history of particle accelerators, how they are used, as well as providing an overview of the types of particle accelerators in use today. A short quiz will follow.
9. Convex Lens: Definition, Equation & Examples
Convex lenses are used in eyeglasses, projectors, microscopes, telescopes, and many more optical instruments. In this lesson, learn what a convex lens is and what kinds of images it can form.
10. Pitch and Volume in Sound Waves
What do pitch and volume mean when talking about sound waves? Further your understanding of sound waves in this lesson as we explore the more familiar aspects of sound. We'll learn about pitch and volume and how they relate to sound wave parameters.
11. Trajectory: Definition & Equation
In this lesson, we'll explore the science behind ballistic trajectories and the equations for doing some simple calculations. A quiz is provided to help test your knowledge.
12. Finding the Electric Potential Difference Between Two Points
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what electric potential difference is and calculate the electric potential difference between two points in a uniform electric field. A short quiz will follow.
13. What is Capacitance? - Definition, Equation & Examples
Capacitors are used to store and quickly release large amounts of electrical energy. In this lesson, we will learn how capacitors are created and used and how your body can function as a capacitor.
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Other chapters within the VCE Physics: Exam Prep & Study Guide course
- Overview of Thermodynamics
- Thermodynamics & Climatology
- Energy Conservation & Efficiency
- Modeling Electricity
- Circuit Electricity
- Electronic Device Use & Safety
- Electricity Generation & Transmission
- Origins of the Universe
- Subatomic Particles in the Nucleus
- Atomic Energy
- Modeling Motion
- Force & Motion in Physics
- Energy & Motion in Physics
- Laws of Motion Applied Problem Solving
- The Theory of Relativity
- Interactions of Fields in Physics
- Effects of Fields in Physics
- Applications of Fields in Physics
- Properties of Mechanical Waves
- Light as an Electromagnetic Wave
- Wave-Particle Duality & Quantum Mechanics
- Conducting a Scientific Investigation
- VCE Physics Flashcards