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Contact Applecross SHS

Address

Links Road
ARDROSS 6153
Western Australia

Phone

(P)+61 8 9314 9393

 

Important News

Important News

The Wheel Turns

Long ago, in the far distant times of the mid twentieth century, 1958 to be exact, the first cohort of students entered Applecross Senior High School as Year 8 students, or ‘First Years’ as they were then called.

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Congratulations Neasa Flynn

Congratulations to Neasa Flynn who recently represented Western Australia in the U16 Australian Hockey Championships which formed part of the 2017 Pacific School Games.  As a result of her efforts, Neasa has been selected in the Australian U16 Girls Hockey Team, which will be touring South Africa

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Year 11 Physics

Our Year 11 Physics Students recently studied the effect of weight on the frictional force created on the Science block carpet. They used ramps to create a known starting speed, which they could calculate. This way each trolley started at the same speed – a controlled variable.

The students then loaded up the carts with different masses, measuring the distance each trolley travelled once it landed on the carpet. Knowing the starting speed and the distance it travelled until it stopped, they could calculate the average frictional force on the trolleys (and thereby also the coefficient of rolling friction between the trolley and the carpet).

Many groups were surprised to find that the mass in the trolley didn’t make much difference to the stopping distance of the trolley. This is because the frictional force is proportional to the mass of the trolley, so although the frictional force goes up with more mass, so does the force needed to slow the trolley, so the two effects effectively ‘cancel out’.

Damen Bradbury, Science Teacher

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