June 2016

Experiment: To compare the resistance of different woods to termite attack

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Treated poles. Image credit lynnridgetimbers.co.za

Treated poles. Image credit lynnridgetimbers.co.za ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Experiment: To compare the resistance of different woods to termite attack

Aim: To compare the resistance of different types of wood to termite attack

Materials: gloss paint, used motor oil, creosote, 4 samples of softwood (pine), 4 samples of […]


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Experiment To show the effect of sulphuric acid on some materials

By |2017-01-17T11:12:11+02:00June 17th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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The effects of acid rain. Image credit penguinsofchemistry.wordpress.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Experiment To show the effect of sulphuric acid on some materials

Aim: To show the effect of sulphuric acid on some materials

Materials: dilute sulphuric acid, wood, copper, plastic, iron, steel, aluminium, […]


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Experiment:To compare the effects of atmospheric corrosion on metals

By |2017-01-17T11:12:12+02:00June 17th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Rusted metal. Image credit racingstrong.com

Rusted metal. Image credit racingstrong.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Experiment:To compare the effects of atmospheric corrosion on metals

Aim: To compare the effects of atmospheric corrosion on various metals

Materials:  samples of mild steel/cast iron, stainless steel, cutting steel (razor blade/old hacksaw blade), brass, aluminium, copper, plastic […]


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Experiment: To compare the shear and tensile strength of sponge rubber and soft wood

By |2017-01-17T11:12:13+02:00June 17th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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Sheets of made of sponge rubber. Image credit rollsheetrubber.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Experiment: To compare the shear and tensile strength of sponge rubber and soft wood

Aim: To compare the shear and tensile strength of sponge rubber and a softwood

Materials: wooden ice-cream […]


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Experiment: Comparing the strength of natural timber and other construction materials

By |2017-01-17T11:12:14+02:00June 17th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Comparing the strength of various materials

Comparing the strength of various materials ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Experiment: Comparing the strength of natural timber and other construction materials

Aim: To compare the strength of some natural timbers and other materials

Materials: Plywood, hard wood cut across the grain, soft wood cut along the grain, […]


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Reinforced concrete and stone properties and structures

By |2017-01-17T11:12:16+02:00June 16th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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Reinforced concrete. Image credit surfcivil.blogspot.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Metal and metal alloy properties and their construction uses
  • Often building materials are combined when building a structure
  • The most common such mixture is reinforced concrete
  • It is a mixture of steel and concrete
  • Steel is […]

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Metal and metal alloy properties and their construction uses

By |2017-01-17T11:12:17+02:00June 15th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Metals are popular in construction. Image credit traveldigg.com

Metals are popular in construction. Image credit traveldigg.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: Metal and metal alloy properties and their construction uses
  • Metals are popular construction materials
  • They have properties that make them suited for making diverse structures
  • They are ductile which means […]

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Timber properties and timber structures

By |2017-01-17T11:12:17+02:00June 15th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

A wooden house. Image credit designrulz.com

A wooden house. Image credit designrulz.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes:Timber properties and timber structures
  • Wood is a popular material in the construction industry
  • Wood is light and has a high strength/mass ratio
  • Light, strong beams/trusses are a priority in the building of houses
  • […]


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Structures and construction materials

By |2017-01-17T11:12:18+02:00June 15th, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

A house is a structure, so is furniture and staircases window/door frames etc. Image credit abduzeedo.com

A house is a structure, so is furniture and staircases window/door frames etc. Image credit abduzeedo.com ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes:Structures and construction materials
  • A structure is a combination of pieces fixed together so […]

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