Physics is a fundamental Science and forms a solid foundation for those students wanting to undertake Engineering courses or Physics at a tertiary level. This course endeavours to develop a student’s ability to understand the properties and nature of matter, the various forms of energy, and the interaction of energy and matter. Skills of data analysis and scientific report writing are used throughout the course. Students apply quantitative concepts to better understand the physical world. Sound mathematical skills are required for this course, and a minimum level of Mathematics Methods is recommended.
Linear Motion and Waves (Prerequisites – Nil)
Students investigate energy production by considering heating processes, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, and investigate energy transfer and transformation in electrical circuits.
Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical (Prerequisites – Nil)
Students describe, explain and predict linear motion, and investigate the application of wave models to light and sound phenomena.
Gravity and Electromagnetism (Prerequisites – Linear Motion and Waves and Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical)
Students investigate models of motion in gravitational, electric and magnetic fields to explain how forces act at a distance and use the theory of electromagnetism to explain the production and propagation of electromagnetic waves.
Revolutions in Modern Physics (Prerequisites – Linear Motion and Waves and Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical)
Students investigate how shortcomings in existing theories led to the development of the Special Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light and matter, and the Standard Model of particle physics.
- Weekly Reflection Journal (200 words per week) – 10%
- Investigative Project (approx. 2500 words) – 35%
- 3 x Topic Tests (60 mins each) – 20, 20, 15%
The study of Physics opens a significant pathway into Tertiary Science for students who complete this course. Some of these options include.
- Theoretical Physics
- Building design and construction
- Rocketry and mechanics