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Year 11 Chemistry Water Quality Excursion

On Monday, May 16, the Year 11 Chemistry class participated in a field excursion to various sites of the Caboolture River Catchment. The purpose of this excursion was to collect water samples from these sites and test for multiple water properties to determine the water quality. Some of these tests included testing for phosphates, nitrates and ammonia with the water as well as the pH, temperature and turbidity levels.
Following the collection of water samples, the students headed off in the bus to the University of the Sunshine Coast. The USC science laboratories were able to provide the students with accurate results in regards to total nitrate, total phosphate and tested for ecoli. The experience the students gain in the laboratories was invaluable and these new experimental techniques were taken back to the classroom for them to complete their own laboratory test methods.
Sarah Brady & Matthew Hagland
Senior Chemistry Teachers