Year 12 Science and Maths Academy at Flinders (SMAF) is a project that aims to provide an exciting, collaborative venture which will enhance and support the teaching of Stage 2 Physics, Chemistry and Specialist Mathematics closely aligned with pathways to University.
SMAF commenced in February 2011 and has been developed in collaboration with southern high schools, the Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnership Office and Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century.
For more information on Year 12 Science and Maths Academy at Flinders
Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope
Dr Jason Gascooke and Chris Gibson (Senior Research Fellow) from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences showed the physics students both the scanning electron and atomic force microscopes today.
Students were shown in how both microscopes work and what each is used for, and they saw images of carbon nanotubes and very very small hairs on the leg and body of an insect. They also learned how the x-ray signature from the SEM can be used to find the elemental composition of a sample.