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Honors Physics Classes

Introduction and Expectations

Participating in scientific research enables students to gain a love for science, investigation and practice in the art of experimental design.  With the help of the instructor, students will find a topic of interest and propose a testable hypothesis.  An experimental design and procedure will be conducted to address the hypothesis.  The findings from the study will then be presented at the regional competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). 

Specific expectations:

  • With guidance from the class instructor, find a topic that truly interests you
  • Ask a specific question about your topic
  • Research your topic
  • Submit a research plan and directive
  • Formulate a testable hypothesis and experiment to address it
  • Conduct the experiment during class time and outside of class as needed
  • Record your procedure and findings in a journal
  • Analyze your data and form a presentation
  • Present your findings at PJAS
  • Participate in subsequent competitions
  • You meet all the deadlines

Getting Started

The process can be intimidating. Do not worry. The instructor will be there for help through the entire process.  All needed forms and instructions can be found on the class website.

Project Checklist

  • A research plan has been submitted and approved
  • All appropriate forms were filled out and submitted prior to experimentation
  • All safety guidelines are followed during experimentation
  • You are addressing one clear hypothesis
  • You conduct a controlled experiment with an understanding of all variables involved
  • You have an understanding of the graphical representation of your data and the graphs are clearly followed
  • You have collected numerical data
  • You have practiced your presentation in front of the instructor

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