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
Final Titrations in Physical Science

Final Titrations in Physical Science

        As the final countdown begins for the Grade 12 Physical Science group – we have to do a Chemistry practical as part of their year mark. Titration is a procedure where we neutralise an acid with a base and determining the exact volumes needed. Piece of cake!

by July 30, 2015 Physical Science
Marvellous Molecules

Marvellous Molecules

The Grade 10 chemistry class this week got the chance to build and learn about the shapes of covalent molecules. The Grade 10s followed instructions to build linear, angular and tetrahedral molecules out of jellytots and toothpicks. Hopefully the knowledge will be stored by eating the molecules afterwards!

by April 22, 2015 Physical Science
Fun with the Periodic Table at SMA

Fun with the Periodic Table at SMA

After going through the examinations and doing all their corrections, the students decided to have some fun with the periodic table. Some much needed fun after the stressful exam period!

by June 20, 2014 Physical Science
SMA: Physical Science – Grade 12 Electrochemistry

SMA: Physical Science – Grade 12 Electrochemistry

The Grade 12’s have just finished a section of work entitled Electrochemistry, in which they learn about oxidation and reduction in Galvanic Cells. For those of us who are not quite sure what that means, here is a video that the students love: Crash Course Science: Electrochemistry

by May 27, 2014 Physical Science
SMA: Mathematics – Mind Games

SMA: Mathematics – Mind Games

The Mathematics classroom has some new toys! Have a look at the Grade 11’s playing with them.

by May 13, 2014 Physical Science
SMA: Physical Science – Grade 12 Chemistry Practical

SMA: Physical Science – Grade 12 Chemistry Practical

The Matrics completed their Organic Chemistry Practical on Polymers recently. Here are a few images of them conducting the experiment.

by May 6, 2014 Physical Science