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Assessment Statements The Internal Assessment (IA) Rubric IS the assessment statement

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Objectives Understand teacher responsibilities in the IA process Understand student responsibilities in the IA process Know and apply the Data Collection and Processing (DCP) Criteria to a successful internal assessment Write the DCP portion of a practice IA to the Complete criteria

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General Ideally, students should work on their own when collecting data. When data collection is carried out in groups, the actual recording and processing of data should be independently undertaken if this criterion is to be assessed.

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General Data Collection is evaluated both in Design and DCP You can’t collect good data if you didn’t Design your experiment to produce good data or even the right kind of data It shouldn’t be judged twice... but it often does

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Raw data is the actual data measured. This may include associated qualitative data. It is permissible to convert handwritten raw data into word-processed form. The term “quantitative data” refers to numerical measurements of the variables associated with the investigation.

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Associated qualitative data are considered to be those observations that would enhance the interpretation of results. Take note and record the physical characteristics Consider putting qualitative data in a separate data table

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Uncertainties are associated with all raw data, quantitative and qualitative, and an attempt should always be made to quantify uncertainties. For example, when students say there is an uncertainty in a stopwatch measurement because of reaction time, they must estimate the magnitude of the uncertainty.

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Within tables of quantitative data, columns should be clearly annotated with a heading, units and an indication of the uncertainty of measurement. The uncertainty need not be the same as the manufacturer’s stated precision of the measuring device used.

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Significant digits within the data and the uncertainty in the data must be consistent, but not between the two. This applies to all measuring devices, for example, digital meters, stopwatches, and so on. The number of significant digits should reflect the precision of the measurement.

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data There should be no variation in the precision of raw data. For example, the same number of decimal places should be used. For data derived from processing raw data (for example, means), the level of precision should be consistent with that of the raw data.

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Aspect 1: Recording Raw Data Students should not be told how to record the raw data. For example, they should not be given a preformatted table with any columns, headings, units or uncertainties.

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data Data processing involves, for example, combining and manipulating raw data to determine the value of a physical quantity (such as adding, subtracting, squaring, dividing), and taking the average of several measurements and transforming data into a form suitable for graphical representation.

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data It might be that the data is already in a form suitable for graphical presentation, for example, light absorbance readings plotted against time readings. If the raw data is represented in this way and a best-fit line graph is drawn and the gradient determined, then the raw data has been processed. Plotting raw data (without a graph line) does not constitute processing data.

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data The recording and processing of data may be shown in one table provided they are clearly distinguishable. Most processed data will result in the drawing of a graph showing the relationship between the independent and dependent variables.

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data Calculations: Show all of your calculations including derivations to get from a given formula to the formula that you use Provide sample calculations using one of your data points The same goes for calculating uncertainty

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data Calculations: When averaging, average the results, not the raw data Show the units in all calculations Use the rules for significant digits

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Aspect 2: Processing Raw Data Students should not be told: how to process the data what quantities to graph/plot

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data When data is processed, the uncertainties associated with the data must also be considered. If the data is combined and manipulated to determine the value of a physical quantity (for example, specific heat capacity), then the uncertainties in the data must be propagated (see sub-topic 1.2). Calculating the percentage difference between the measured value and the literature value does not constitute error analysis. The uncertainties associated with the raw data must be taken into account.

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data Graphs need to have: descriptive title that specifically states what the graph depicts labeled axes with units and variables used appropriate scales accurately plotted data points with vertical and horizontal error bars

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data Graphs need to have: best-fit line or curve (not a scattergraph with data-point to data-point connecting lines). equation for best-fit line or curve If your graph is initially non-linear, you must manipulate the values to create a linear relationship

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data Graphs should be constructed using either MS Excel or LoggerPro software

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data In order to fulfill aspect 3 completely, students should include a treatment of uncertainties and errors with their processed data.

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data The complete fulfillment of aspect 3 requires the students to: include uncertainty bars where significant explain where uncertainties are not significant draw lines of minimum and maximum gradients determine the uncertainty in the best straight- line gradient

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Aspect 3: Presenting Processed Data See the treatment of uncertainties and errors in sub-topic 1.2 of this guide

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment The treatment of errors and uncertainties is directly relevant in the internal assessment of: data collection and processing, aspects 1, 2 and 3 (recording raw data, processing raw data, and presenting processed data) conclusion and evaluation, aspects 1 and 2 (concluding, and evaluating procedure(s))—a reasonable interpretation, with justification, may include the appreciation of errors and uncertainties, and evaluation of procedures may, if relevant, include the appreciation of errors and uncertainties. Both standard and higher level students are to be assessed by the same syllabus content and the same assessment criteria.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment Expectations at standard level and higher level: All physics students are expected to deal with uncertainties throughout their investigations. Students can make statements about the minimum uncertainty in raw data based on the least significant figure in a measurement. They can calculate the uncertainty using the range of data in a repeated measurement They can make statements about the manufacturer's claim of accuracy Students can estimate uncertainties in compound measurements, and can make educated guesses about uncertainties in the method of measurement. If uncertainties are small enough to be ignored, the student should note this fact.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment Students may express uncertainties as absolute, fractional, or percentages. They should be able to propagate uncertainties through a calculation — addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as squaring and trigonometric functions.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment All students are expected to construct, where relevant, uncertainty bars on graphs. In many cases, only one of the two axes will require such uncertainty bars. In other cases, uncertainties for both quantities may be too small to construct uncertainty bars. A brief comment by the student on why the uncertainty bars are not included is then expected.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment If there is a large amount of data, the student need only draw uncertainty bars for the smallest value datum point, the largest value datum point, and several data points between these extremes. Uncertainty bars can be expressed as absolute values or percentages. Arbitrary or made-up uncertainty bars will not earn the student credit.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment Students should be able to use the uncertainty bars to discuss, qualitatively, whether or not the plot is linear, and whether or not the two plotted quantities are in direct proportion. In respect of the latter, they should also be able to recognize if a systematic error is present.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment Using the uncertainty bars in a graph, students should be able to find the minimum and maximum slopes, and then use these to express the overall uncertainty range in an experiment. Qualitative and quantitative comments about errors and uncertainties may be relevant in the data collection and processing criterion, aspect 1.

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Errors And Uncertainties In Physics Internal Assessment Qualitative comments might include parallax problems in reading a scale, reaction time in starting and stopping a timer, random fluctuation in the read-out, or difficulties in knowing just when a moving ball passes a given point. Students should do their best to quantify these observations.

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Review Do you understand the teacher responsibilities in the IA process? Do you understand the student responsibilities in the IA process? Do you know and can you apply the DCP Criteria to a successful internal assessment? Can you write the DCP portion of a practice IA to the Complete criteria?

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Complete the Data Collection and Analysis portion of the Practice IA (10 pts) Homework

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