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# Science - School Certificate Preparation

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• 1. Science School Certificate 2010
Preparation guide
• 2. The Science Exam
The Science SC consists of 3 parts.
Section 1: 60 marks
Part A: 50 Multiple Choice questions
Part B: 10 one word response questions
Section 2 : 40 marks
Short and long response questions
Time: 2 hours plus 10 minutes reading
• 3. Examples of Multiple Choice
1 What is the most appropriate piece of equipment to accurately measure 85 mL of water?
(A) 10 mL measuring cylinder
(B) 100 mL measuring cylinder
(C) 100 mL beaker
(D) 250 mL beaker
• 4. Six steps are involved in applying a scientific process to a problem. In the box below, each step has been given a number, but the steps are not in the correct sequence.
1 Gather experimental results
2 Draw a conclusion
3 Make a hypothesis
4 Compare experimental results with the hypothesis
6 Design and carry out an experiment
What is the correct sequence of steps?
(A) 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 2
(B) 5, 3, 6, 1, 4, 2
(C) 5, 6, 3, 1, 2, 4
(D) 3, 5, 1, 6, 4, 2
• 5.
• Name the element that is present in both hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid.
• 6. What is the name given to the current scientific theory to explain how the universe began?
• 7. Within Earth, magma is heated causing it to rise. It then cools and sinks. What is the name given for this type of movement of magma?
• 8. What is the name of the group of substances that are used to determine if a solution is basic or acidic?
• 9. What name do we give to any type of disease that can be passed from one person to another person?
• Name a scientific theory and explain how a specific piece of evidence supports this theory. (3 marks)
Examples
Theory of Gravity
Theory of Evolution
Theory of Plate Tecktonics
Atomic Particle Theory
Big Bang
• 10. Some alternative energy sources are nuclear energy, wind energy and solar energy. Evaluate the environmental impacts of replacing fossil fuels with alternative energy sources. (7 marks)
Define terms (fossil fuels plus examples)
Evaluate (positives and negative) of both fossil fuels and alternate sources with specific examples
Final statement
• 11. Where to start?
• 12. Review your notes for yr 9 and 10
Use the KISS resources
Work through past papers
Use the BOS site
Booklets of revision (from your Science Teacher)
Use the 8 lesson Revision program designed by you teacher (Starts Monday)
• 13. KISS
KISS is a complete summary of all content for yr 9 and 10
• 14. BOSAn excellent site to practise questions
• http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au
• SKILLS
Pie charts, Bar graphs, Line graphs (curve and line of best fit)
• Flow Charts
• 15. Placing a process into a flow chart
• 16. Spreadsheets and data bases
• 17. When to use a spreadsheet or a data base
• 18. Experimental design
• 19. Designing an experiment that is valid and reliable
• 20. Control, variables, dependent and independent,
• 21. Validity, reliability
• Prescribed Focus AreasThe Big Mark Questions
You will be asked to answer questions based on the Prescribed focus areas.
the history of science
the nature and practice of science
applications and uses of science
implications of science for society and the environment
current issues, research and development.
• 22. How to prepare for the big markers?
Check all past SC papers – look at the 7 or 8 mark questions.
Discuss in a group - possible answers