Thursday, 13 November 2014

SMAF Year 11 Orientation Afternoon

Students from Aberfoyle Park High School, Christies Beach High School, Hallett Cove School R-12, Mt Compass Area School and Wirreanda Secondary School participated in an orientation afternoon at Flinders University on Wednesday 12 November.

Students met their SMAF teachers and participated in a series of Chemistry, Physics and Specialist Mathematics activities.

The feedback from the students was very positive.


Sally helping the students

Jak - coming back to teach at the SMAF program in 2015


Zoe and Naomi

Specialist Mathematics

Nick - our new Specialist Maths teacher

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Specialist Mathematics students dress up for the last day

Maurice with his Specialist Mathematics class, some of whom put on their ties!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Chemistry students hear from Associate Professor Claire Lenehan 

Claire is an Associate Professor (Forensic & Analytical Chemistry) in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Naomi and Claire
Claire described to students the various arms of research that happen under the umbrella of Analytical Chemistry here at Flinders University: Energetic Materials, Forensic Analysis, Mineralogy and Archaeology as well as Plants and Environment.

She also described how knowledge of acids and bases is vital in Analytical Chemistry, and she explored how this effects the absorption of common drugs such as aspirin and paracetamol.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Associate Professor Stewart Walker speaks to the SMAF Chemistry students

Stewart Walker is a forensic, environmental and analytical chemist, with research interests that cover all aspects of advanced analytical techniques, especially mass spectrometry.

He discussed many real applications of his work, including how mass spectrometry can be used to help determine if a cheque has been forged by analysing ink on paper fibres, how isotope ratios can be used to determine the origins of soil and wine, and whether environmental contamination, for example mercury in the Great Barrier reef, occurred recently or hundreds of years ago.

He explained how he had been growing his hair as part of an experiment to show that chemicals trapped in hair can indicate which part of the world a person has been to. Everyday chemicals, including those in soap, drinking water and diet can be used to place the whereabouts of a person, down to the number of days they have spent in a particular location. Analysis of Stewart's hair a few years ago accurately showed that  he had travelled from Australia, to Norway for 10 days, then onto New Orleans for 5 days,  Prague for 10 days and then finally back to Australia. This sort of technology could be used to help identify corpses after natural disasters as well tracking the movement of people around the world. 

He described how he has only recently shaved his hair off after growing it for ten years. Now people from all over the world want to use to experiment with it, including a group that want to blow it up! 
Zoe and Naomi with the Stewart (minus his hair!) 

Associate Professor Jamie Quinton speaks to the Year 12 SMAF Physics students

The Year 12 Physics students were lucky enough to have Jamie Quinton present a lecture on Nuclear Stability.

Jamie Quinton is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. He is an Associate Professor of Nanotechnology/Physics/Chemical Physics.
Some of his current research interests include: Nanoscale surface phenomena, surface modification, inorganic treatments for corrosion protection and building new architectures for harvesting solar power.

His insightful and well presented lecture described the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, as well outlining the advantages and disadvantages of both.He used excellent visual models to describe the science, including if a hydrogen atom was scaled up to be the size of Australia then the nucleus would be one quarter of the size of Uluru.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Physics Design Practical 

Physics students used the design practical to explore a wide range of ideas, with some of them making pieces of equipment to help with their experiment.

   Jacob, Daniel and Josh - investigating the movement of a ball bearing in different density liquids
   Ross and Nathan - investigating lift power by varying the number of coils in a motor 
Daniel and Clarence - investigating the strength of a magnetic field versus distance

Nathan, Daniella and Ashleigh - investigating the displacement of springs by varying the length

Sheridan and Jason - investigating the displacement of springs by varying the length

Nick and Kevin - investigating how refraction of a laser changes through water as the temperature changes

Nickson and Ashley - investigating the velocity of different surface areas of parachutes

Mitchell and Edith - calculating the impact velocity speed of a ball bearing by catching it with a remote control car

Liam, Nathan andEthan - investigating the distance pulled back of a sling shot versus the range of the projectile

Cameron and Leon - investigating the heights different balls bounce
Andrew and Zac - investigating the distance different sized paper planes travel

Yegor,Caleb and Keegan - investigating sound intensity as it varies with distance

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Associate Professor Martin Johnston Speaks to SMAF Chemistry students

Martin is Associate Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and his main research interest is supramolecular organic chemistry.
He talked about how all sciences intersect, especially all the different research fields in chemistry.

Supramolecular organic chemistry investigates how molecules interact with each other and has it has many applications, including: artificial ion channels, molecular 'clothes pegs and tweezers', corrosion protection, the development of new energetic materials and in the detection of drug impurities

Naomi with Martin

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

SMAF Chemistry - Summative Practical

Naomi, Colin and Sam

Ian working with the students

Zoe demonstrating the correct procedure


Cluster Map