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Ikast-Brande Gymnasium 2014-2015

IB Physics Experimental Assessment Criteria

Experiment IA Criteria Description of Criteria Notes


Determine the Acceleration Analysis Sufficient, relevant qualitative To be done as a class
Due to Free Fall and quantitative raw data activity, promoting
Propogation of error discussions on:
Correct interpretation of data
leading to a completely valid What is relevant to keep
and detailed conclusion
track of in lab book besides
Evaluation A justified conclusion is
described the numbers
Justified comparison with
accepted value Error propagation

Accuracy of the result


Experimentally Determine Analysis Correct interpretation of data Students will be responsible
the Speed of Sound leading to a completely valid for taking their own data
and detailed conclusion along with errors and
Evaluation A justified conclusion is uncertainties.
described
Justified comparison with
accepted value
Discussion of strengths and
Strengths and weaknesses are weaknesses during the
discussed experiment
Discuss realistic and relevant
suggestions for improvements Written conclusion along
with evaluation of strengths,
weaknesses and
improvements
Snell’s Law of Refraction Exploration Research question Students will have seen the
Background information background information in
Methodology class. Can they take this
Safety, ethical and information and design a
environmental issues proper experiment to verify
snell’s law?

Each group will write up


their method

Safety of working with


lasers will be discussed and
considered
HL: Young’s Double Slit Analysis Sufficient, relevant qualitative This experiment is for HL
Experiment and quantitative raw data students only.
Propogation of error
Correct interpretation of data The experiment and the
leading to a completely valid following analysis is an
and detailed conclusion
exercise in proper data
Evaluation A justified conclusion is
described collection and analysis
Justified comparison with
accepted value
Strengths and weaknesses are
discussed
Discuss realistic and relevant
suggestions for improvements
Ikast-Brande Gymnasium 2014-2015

Factors That Affect Exploration Research question Students are told that there
Resistance Background information are relationships between
Methodology length and resistance and
Sufficient relevant qualitative area and resistance.
and quantitative raw data
Appropriate and sufficient data
Students will be given wires
processing with required
accuracy of varying length and area
Analysis Propagation of error and asked to discover the
Evaluation Correct interpretation of data relationship between the
leading to a completely valid variables.
and detailed conclusion
A justified conclusion is Each student will write a full
described lab report with their
Comparison with accepted experimental methods
value (justified) recorded. Proper data
Strengths and weaknesses are analysis, conclusion and
discussed evaluation of data will also
Discuss realistic and relevant be required.
suggestions

Internal Resistance Analysis Sufficient, relevant qualitative Students will be given the
and quantitative raw data method and asked to
Propogation of error properly interpret their data,
Correct interpretation of data along with uncertainties and
leading to a completely valid errors.
and detailed conclusion
HL: Diode Bridge This experiment is for
Rectification Circuit higher level students only
Specific Heat Capacity Analysis Sufficient, relevant qualitative
and quantitative raw data
Propogation of error
Correct interpretation of data
leading to a completely valid
and detailed conclusion
Evaluation A justified conclusion is
described
Justified comparison with
accepted value
Strengths and weaknesses are
discussed
Discuss realistic and relevant
suggestions for improvements
Investigate half-life This investigation will be
done either as an experiment
or a simulation

Please note that all students are also continually encouraged to develop the following skills, as they are
specifically evaluated during the internal assessment.

Communication The investigation is presented and reported in a way that supports


effective communication of the focuss, process, and outcomes
Personal Engagement Assesses the extent to which the student engages with the
exploration and makes it their own