Sunday, March 28, 2010

Year 10 Maths Assignment

Your assignment is to write approximately two pages of size 12 text on one of the following Mathematics topics. It should be the kind of thing that someone with very little maths knowledge can understand. You can include pictures, diagrams, and anything else that may help explain your topic. The topics are quite complex, it's your job to make them simple. Do not copy and paste; it must be in your own words. I can and will check this.

Here are the topics:
  • Knot theory.
  • Catastrophe theory.
  • Fractels.
  • Imaginary numbers.
  • Matrix algebra.
  • Differential Equations.
  • Calculus.
  • Set Theory.
You should make sure you cover all of the following aspect on your report:
  • A brief, simple description of the topic.
  • How and when the topic came to be invented, and who was involved.
  • What the topic is used for in the Mathematics world.
  • If it has been applied to the real world, how?
You have the next two periods and then the holidays to complete this. Remember to reference where you get your information from.

If you have any questions, email me at and I will get back to you as soon as I can, but it won't be until the holidays because I am on camp.

Here are a few good websites to make a start with:

Have fun!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Year 12 Physics Assignment Instructions

Hey, I know you all love homework in the holidays, so there are two things that I need you to do in the next 3 weeks. These are designed to get you thinking, revising and summarising the notes and concepts we have learned this term. Bottom line: they will be beneficial to your learning.
Just do it!

The first part of the assignment is to plan, design and draw an eye catching poster that explains one of the subtopics in kinematics. It is a real challenge to put a good poster together, balancing space and information. here is a good one that I really like about coffee:

(click it to enlarge)

The subtopics you have to choose from are:
  • Vectors
  • Motion (the 4 equations)
  • Gravity
  • Force
  • Inertia
  • Newton's Laws
  • Projectile Motion
  • Circular Motion
Please make sure you don't all do the same one. I want to have one poster of each at least. Note that this doesn't have to be done on a computer, but you have this period and next period in the computer room to research or brainstorm the information, diagrams and pictures you may use.

If you have any questions, email me or ask using the comment section below. I wont be able to reply until I get back from camp, but you will have time over the holidays :)

The second part of the assignment is a written part.
You are to investigate, research and write a paragraph on the physics behind all of the following photos.

An example is given at this webpage:

Here are the photos:

(Projectile Motion)


(breaking the sound barrier)

(The force of sound)

Again, any questions you have, email me.
Have fun!