Physics project topic

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I'm not sure if this really constitutes as homework, its really a question more about topics in physics. As a final project in our high school physics course, we have been asked to design and test a physics principle learned over the period of the course. Topic from Kinematics and dynamics, Circular motion, conservation of momentum, Electricity and Magnetism, wave nature of light. We also will learn about relativity, but this assignment is due before, although I have already read the modern physics unit out of interest and for doing presentation on quantum computing for comp sci class. Many of my fellow students are thinking about showing wave-particle duality, and so I want to do something different. Now the project does not state that we have to prove a principle learned in the course wrong, but just to test and if you are able to choose a topic that is not fully fleshed out in the course and could add to it through your experiment and presentation, than even better.

My question is what topic in high school physics isn't how should I say, fully fleshed out and concrete. By that I mean, its mostly true but has some exceptions or has been proven somewhat wrong through years of research. A good example is that light isn't only a wave but rather made up of photons, but has wave properties. Also it would be nice if an experiment could also be suggested, knowing that my school's labs have a limited supply of materials.
 

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I'm not sure if this really constitutes as homework, its really a question more about topics in physics. As a final project in our high school physics course, we have been asked to design and test a physics principle learned over the period of the course. Topic from Kinematics and dynamics, Circular motion, conservation of momentum, Electricity and Magnetism, wave nature of light. We also will learn about relativity, but this assignment is due before, although I have already read the modern physics unit out of interest and for doing presentation on quantum computing for comp sci class. Many of my fellow students are thinking about showing wave-particle duality, and so I want to do something different. Now the project does not state that we have to prove a principle learned in the course wrong, but just to test and if you are able to choose a topic that is not fully fleshed out in the course and could add to it through your experiment and presentation, than even better.

My question is what topic in high school physics isn't how should I say, fully fleshed out and concrete. By that I mean, its mostly true but has some exceptions or has been proven somewhat wrong through years of research. A good example is that light isn't only a wave but rather made up of photons, but has wave properties. Also it would be nice if an experiment could also be suggested, knowing that my school's labs have a limited supply of materials.
Do you think you have adequate equipment to build up a demo of the photoelectric effect? That would be pretty cool.
 
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I believe so, I have viewed some video after Ur suggestion and it seems like a reasonable experiment, more suggestions would help.
 

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