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Advice to Teachers -

Designing scientific investigations - Introduction

Investigations are integral to the study of VCE Physics across Units 1 to 4. Some investigations across Units 1 to 4 in VCE Physics will be student-designed. A scientific inquiry approach involves asking or responding to a question and then performing and reporting findings in response to the question. In any investigation, primary data may be generated and/or secondary data collected to test hypotheses, predictions and ideas, to look for patterns, trends and relationships in data and to draw evidence-based conclusions.

The following provide more information about the broad scope of scientific inquiry:

Types of scientific inquiry

Scientific inquiry methods

Controlled experiments and hypothesis formulation

Defining variables