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Physics

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​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is Physics?

Physics provides opportunities for students to engage with classical and modern understandings of the universe. 

Students learn about the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, electricity and nuclear processes; and about the concepts and theories that predict and describe the linear motion of objects. Further, they explore how scientists explain some phenomena using an understanding of waves. They engage with the concept of gravitational and electromagnetic fields, and the relevant forces associated with them. They study modern physics theories and models that, despite being counterintuitive, are fundamental to our understanding of many common observable phenomena.

Students develop appreciation of the contribution physics makes to society: understanding that diverse natural phenomena may be explained, analysed and predicted using concepts, models and theories that provide a reliable basis for action; and that natter and energy interact in physical systems across a range of scales. They understand how models and theories are refined, and new ones developed in physics; investigate phenomena and solve problems; collect and analyse data; and interpret evidence. Students use accurate and precise measurement, valid and reliable evidence, and scepticism and intellectual rigour to evaluate claims; and communicate physics understanding, findings, arguments and conclusions using appropriate representations, modes and genres.

What makes a student suited to Physics?

The most successful students will be those who: 
  • aspire to science-related tertiary courses, especially in science, engineering and the health sciences 
  • have shown an aptitude for both Science and Mathematics in Junior Secondary
  • show initiative, are self-motivated and can communicate effectively 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Minimum B standard core Math and minimum C standard for Core English and Science.

What is the cost of this subject?

Nil

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • 2 x A4 Exercise books (minimum 96 page)
  • Scientific calculator

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Introduction to Physics
Motion
Student experiment (18%)
Unseen examination (25%)
 Semester 2Energy and work
Heat
Data test (14%)
Research investigation (18%)
Unseen examination (25%)
Year 11Unit 1Thermal, nuclear and electrical physics
• Heating processes
• Ionising radiation and nuclear reactions
• Electrical circuits
Formative internal assessment 1: 10%
• Data test
Formative internal assessment 2: 20%
• Student experiment
Unit 2Linear motion and waves
• Linear motion and force
• Waves
Formative internal assessment 3: 20%
• Research investigation
Formative internal assessment 4: 50%
• Examination
Year 12Unit 3Gravity and electromagnetism
• Gravity and motion
• Electromagnetism
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 10%
• Data test
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 20%
• Student experiment
Unit 4Revolutions in modern physics
• Special relativity
• Quantum theory
• The Standard Model
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 20%
• Research investigation
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
• Examination

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Last reviewed 13 September 2019
Last updated 13 September 2019