Physics Units 1 & 2

In this subject students explore how physics explains phenomena at various scales. They investigate the ways in which forces are involved both in moving objects and in keeping objects stationary. Students choose one of twelve options to pursue an area of interest by investigating a selected question. Students design and undertake investigations involving at least one independent, continuous variable.

Areas of Study

  • How can thermal effects be explained?
  • How do electric circuits work?
  • What is matter and how is it formed?
  • How can motion be described and explained?
  • Options
  • Practical investigation

Assessment

Your internal assessment is based on your performance in tests and assessment tasks on the first four areas of study, a report of a selected physics phenomenon and a scientific poster on a student- designed practical investigation.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

A satisfactory completion in Year 10 Science is required. A good understanding of Mathematics, particularly algebra and trigonometry would also be advantageous.

Future Pathways

This subject is particularly valuable for those considering tertiary study in Engineering, Sciences or Mathematics or working in technical fields dealing with electricity and physical structures.

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Physics Units 3 & 4

In this subject, students explore the importance of energy in explaining and describing the physical world. They also investigate the complex interplay between theory and experiment in generating models to explain natural phenomena, including light.

Areas of Study

  • How do things move without contact?
  • How are fields used to move electrical energy?
  • How fast can things go?
  • How can waves explain the behaviour of light?
  • How are light and matter similar?
  • Practical investigation

Assessment

Your internal assessment is based on your performance in tests and assessment tasks on the first five areas of study and a scientific poster on a student- designed practical investigation. There is an external examination at the end of the year.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

No previous experience is required. However, successful completion of Unit 1 and 2 Physics is strongly recommended. A good understanding of Mathematics, particularly algebra and trigonometry would also be advantageous.

Future Pathways

This subject is particularly valuable for those considering tertiary study in Engineering, Sciences or Mathematics or working in technical fields dealing with electricity and physical structures.

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