- Feb 8, 2008
the bolded one.Science for year 11 and 12 is a big bundle of bullshit (although I admit that there are many concepts in science with apply to daily life... such as acids and bases for chemistry, and friction for physics)
But Chemistry was (and is still) very dry (there were some moments when I did not know what I was supposed to do for experiments... because my mind could not absorb the required concepts to do the experiments... I still do not understand what "lathering" is for the "Tests for water quality" experiment from Chemical Monitoring and Management topic of year12 chem)
I got HSC chemistry mark 80 aligned... ie.... I got somewhere between 55-60% RAW for the exam.
Physics on the other hand.... much more enjoyable (perhaps this is because the links between physics and daily life is much more apparent than for chemistry....... however, there are some inconsistencies in the course. For example, does Meisner effect depend on Lenz's Law or exclusion of magnetic field lines by the superconductor? or is it both? Many physics textbooks say Lenz's law, but my tutor says magnetic field exclusion.)
My physics hsc mark was 86 (well... I just state my hsc physics mark if that's of any significance)
Oh well... cos I'm very likely to be ditching science for university... (but I might do it if I find that it's the best option for me)
back to the main topic though:
Personally, I think 50% is still quite a decent proportion anyway. I don't think it's low enough to be a huge concern, though if it's decreasing continuously, that's a problem.
I hope they just get rid of impact on society, Einstein's and Planck's political views, etc from HSC syllabi. These things are degrading the course. There will prob be better feedbacks if they replace them with more meaningful concepts (that aren't too far fetched at HSC level like BCS theory).