Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Associate Professor Gunther Anderson spoke to the Physics students about the inexact nature of science research. He discussed how after building a machine as part of his doctorate, he obtained results  that he had no idea what they meant. It was only through perseverance and speaking with many different people, was he able to make sense of his results.
Gunther described science research being like trying to solve a riddle and sometimes the answers, after a lot of deep thinking and pondering, just come to you. And then, sometimes they don't! But the important thing is to think of problems from lots of angles, to keep talking to people and to keep at it, because you never know what new relationships you might discover.

 From soap bubbles to catalytic converters, the nature of interactions on a  surface are vital in a huge range of structures and processes. The equipment for Metastable Induced Electroscopy Spectrometry (MIES) which recently arrived at Flinders University will illuminate the fundamentals of surface science by providing new information about the chemical and electronic structure of surfaces

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chemistry Practical
Galvanic Cells - Obtaining an electrical current from a chemical reaction.

Building a Galvanic Cell

Physics practicalsCharged Particles in an Electric Field and Investigating Forces on Currents.
Sam, our Laboratory Technician, demonstrating the Teltron tube

Investigating the force on a current in a magnetic field

Investigating the force between two currents

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Physics - Electricity and Magnetism Demonstrations

Yesterday students investigated magnetic fields due to electric currents through a series of demonstrations.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Trees and Maths combine!
Dr Brett Wilkinson, a lecturer in Computer Science, ran an informative and interactive workshop entitled : Arborist, Trees grown to order.
Brett Wilkinson
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The Specialist Maths class has just finished work on Quadratic Iteration which is part of the Polynomial topic. Dr Brett Wilkinson's workshop reinforced concepts covered in class.
In the task students had to predict how manipulating different features of an apple tree would affect yield. The workshop demonstrated how different disciplines of science and maths can work together to explain natural phenomena in a practical context.

Brett working with Coen and Ellen

Brett, William and Maurice making sense of the data

Koki with his computer tree
Maurice and Brett

John Edwards, Associate Professor in Environmental Health, talks to the Chemistry students about drugs.

John's very interesting talk focussed on illegal drug laboratories and the risks from chemicals; how the community is at risk from clandestine laboratories, as well as the assessment and remediation of properties contaminated with chemicals. He discussed the statistical process used by his research team to collect data regarding the distribution and number of laboratories and this neatly showed how mathematics can be utilised to help solve real world problems. He also showed amazing photos of the aftermath of explosions caused through mishandling of the chemicals used to produced illegal drugs.  

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Warren Lawrance, the Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering gave an interesting talk about Atomic Spectroscopy, which concerns the Absorption and Emission of light by Atoms.

Warren with Lucy, Josephine and Joanna

Investigating the emissions from fluorescent lights.

Warren showing students how it's  done!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

 Environmental Chemistry Presentations
Over the last two weeks of Term 1 students have been doing group presentations on Environmental Chemistry.
Students were divided into groups and each had to research one of the following topics: Cycles in Nature, The Greenhouse Effect,  Acid Rain, Photochemical Smog and Water Treatment.
Each group then presented their findings, plus any past examination questions to the rest of the class.

And some groups did experiments to help present their ideas. This demonstration was used to show how extra gases trapped in the atmosphere can the enhance greenhouse effect.


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