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Professor Skies
Intermediates - she blinded me with science
Fri Nov 17, 2017 16:27

“Good morning,” Selina greeted the intermediate class. Today they were probably in for a pleasant surprise. Whilst this lesson was down on their timetable as ‘theory’ it was going to be quite a practical theoretical lesson.

“Today, we’re going to be doing a basic introduction to experimental methodology, and it will include some spell-casting. Whilst many spells have been being used for thousands of years, all fields of magic are still developing. Should you wish to specialise in a particular type of magic, you will likely to start to conduct research into it - perhaps theoretical, trying to answer questions about how things work, but there are practical experiments too, designed to invent or refine spells.

“You will notice that you have a pebble in front of you. Today, you will be trying three different wand movements to turn that into it a pencil. They are a circle, a flick, and a flowing motion,” she explained, demonstrating each motion.

“However, before you begin, you will need to lay out a page in your notebooks as follows. Aim - what are you hoping to find out with the experiment? Equipment - what things will you need. Method - how will you carry out the experiment. Hypothesis - what do you think will happen? A hypothesis is like an educated guess. Think carefully about the different movements and which one you think will work best, and rate them from one to three. Please don’t change this, even if you prove to be incorrect. Your reasoning for why you think it is as important.

“As you try the different wand movements, make notes about how well each one works. We’ll come together halfway through class to compare results and talk about how we write them up.”

The traditional wand movement was the flick, which echoed the shape of the finished product, and would work best for most students, but a significant minority of students would find the flowing motion, which echoed writing, would suit them better, depending on their thinking style.

OOC - usual rules apply. At least 200 words, marked on length, realism, relevance and creativity.

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    • Science! Yes!Zevalyn Ives, Aladren, Wed Nov 22 11:53
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      • I'm happy for you.Tasha DuBois,Aladren, Thu Nov 30 18:34
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        • Oh? What was the fair like? Sounds fun!Zevalyn Ives, Wed Jan 3 15:50
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          • It was!Tasha, Sat Jan 6 16:50
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    • I’m petrified. No seriously. This is a panic attack.Jozua Sparks, Teppenpaw, Tue Nov 21 15:50
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        • No, it’s an unpleasant load of baggageJozua, Tue Nov 28 10:23
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          • How about we put it down?Raine, Wed Nov 29 02:20
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            • Great plan. Where?Jozua, Wed Nov 29 09:34
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              • Chuck it out the window?Raine, Thu Nov 30 09:18
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