Students Test Newton’s Law

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The Year 11 Physics course has been a roller coaster of learning, with the girls concluding Semester 1 by conducting an experiment where they explored energy conservation.

Student Molly Walsh said, “In this experiment, we set up a pendulum structure to determine the relationships between the height from which we dropped a ball and the distance it travelled. The structure consisted of a clay ball tied to a string which was swung from a specific height. It was then cut by a razor blade, releasing the ball. We recorded where the ball landed and used our results to understand the relationships between potential and kinetic energy as well as see Newton’s Laws in practice.“

The Years 11 and 12 Physics course involves the girls conducting a variety of experiments and investigations to explore the concepts they learn in class. Not only do the girls get to explore the concepts they have previously learnt, but they develop a variety of skills beneficial to their future learning including:

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Collaborative skills
  • Analysing information
  • Information and literacy skills


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Linda Stade
Santa Maria College
Santa Maria College is located in Attadale in Western Australia, 16 km from the Perth CBD. We offer a Catholic education for girls in Years 5 – 12 and have 1300 students, including 152 boarders. Our goal is to assist students to become self-directed and independent learners. Santa Maria College consistently performs well and ranks in the top 10 schools in Perth in terms of median ATAR.
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This article is brought to you by Santa Maria College a WA Catholic Girls Schools – Years 5 – 12

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