Physical Science

Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Sparks have been flying in the Grade 10 Physical Sciences class this term as we’ve been investigating the static electricity hiding in objects around us. We have seen that even a neutral object can be charged for a while if you put enough effort into it. When rubbing a ruler with a cloth, electrons are transferred from one object to[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Physical Science
The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

In Grade 10 and Grade 11 Physical Sciences we are learning about chemical bonds. To better understand what happens between the different particles or molecules bonded together, it helps to know what the shapes of these molecules are. What the molecules look like. These shapes can be quite complicated and difficult to visualize three-dimensionally. A hands-on approach often helps students[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, Physical Science

Natural Science: Groundbreaking or Beer-making?

Our Grade 8’s had a chance to test out their science skills in their first ever, proper, high school science experiment! It had some exciting results. Not least of which was one experiment exploding in the fridge…rather a smelly mess! The Grade 8s were given instructions to go about proving an hypothesis and recording their results. The hypothesis was that that[Read More…]

by April 17, 2017 High School, Physical Science
Different states in Grade 10 Physical Sciences: it all matters!

Different states in Grade 10 Physical Sciences: it all matters!

Physical Sciences is the study of non-living natural objects. Basically, investigating everything around you, and figuring out how it works. Before you can study the function of something, you need to understand what it is made of. That is where “matter” comes in, and specifically the different states of matter. Everything consists of matter. Small particles either closely packed together, or[Read More…]

by March 24, 2017 High School, Physical Science
Mastering METHODS and SKILLS at SMA

Mastering METHODS and SKILLS at SMA

The budding scientists at Silvermine Academy have started the year with their usual enthusiasm. We are focusing on the Scientific method in Life Sciences, and refining our Scientific skills in Physical Sciences. In scientific investigations, planning is just as important as your results and conclusion. As Tim Minchin said, “Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 High School, Life Science, Physical Science
Investigating Chemical Reactions in Physical Science

Investigating Chemical Reactions in Physical Science

There is always time for an experiment in the Physical Sciences class! Even though it was almost the end of the term and exams were upon us, the Grade 10 and 11 students grabbed lab coats and investigated chemical reactions. The Grade 10 students were given three unknown solutions, all containing potassium salts. Each group had to identify their solution by[Read More…]

by November 17, 2016 High School, Physical Science
Grade 12 Physical Science Practical

Grade 12 Physical Science Practical

The Grade 12 Physical Science class had a Chemistry Practical last week. This practical ended being very well remembered as the smells produced during it, as well as the general smells of the chemicals used, remained hanging around the class for almost two days afterwards! We had to have a few outdoor classes while we waited for the stench to dissipate! Nevertheless, it was[Read More…]

by August 29, 2016 Physical Science
The Power of Poison

The Power of Poison

Last week the Grade 11 Life Science and Physical Science students went to The Power of Poison exhibition at the Waterfront in Cape Town. This exhibition included everything from tiny frogs, to explanations of the intensities and sources of the strongest poisons, to explaining how poison has played an inseparable part in fairy tales and novels. There were even opportunities[Read More…]

by June 1, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science
Work = Applied Force x Displacement

Work = Applied Force x Displacement

As we are heading towards the end of the term with great velocity, we have covered quite a bit of distance. This distance was not directionless though, but was only heading forward, thus termed displacement. We admit that there has been some friction along the road, but we are positive that putting enough energy into the system will maintain the[Read More…]

by March 3, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science
Welcome to Physical and Life Sciences

Welcome to Physical and Life Sciences

All of the Silvermine Academy Physical Science learners have been working very hard and, at times (on tired days), we had to apply a ‘net force’ in order to accelerate. A lot of energy has thus gone into our work and accelerate we have…  The Grade 11s have already finished their mechanics unit and are now applying their knowledge to problems to[Read More…]

by February 5, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science