12PHY

Level 2 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Burn

Physics is the study how things work at scales ranging from subatomic to cosmological and helps us understand why things in the natural world happen the way they do. This level two course covers four main areas

  • Motion and forces
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Light and Waves
  • Electricity and magnetism

This course also covers experiment technique and students are required to complete a number of practical tasks during the year

Studying physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills that are valuable in areas beyond physics 


Course Overview

Term 1
Properties of light including
• reflection in curved mirrors
• refraction through lenses
• total internal reflection and critical angle
Carry out a practical investigations
Motion including
• free fall
• projectile motion
• circular motion

Term 2
Atomic and nuclear Physics
Force and energy including
• Equilibrium
• Centripetal force
• Momentum and impulse
• Energy conservation

Term 3
Properties of waves including
• reflection
• refraction
• diffraction
• interference
Properties of electric fields including
• electrostatics
• Millikan’s experiment
Circuit electricity

Term 4
Properties of magnetic fields
Revision

Equipment/Stationery

Optional workbook -scipad L2 Physics bundle (internal and external) (cost approximately $26). This is highly recommended as it is a valuable resource to supplement classwork.
1 x 2B8 exercise book
20 pocket display book
1 x 14K8 (graph paper)
refill pad
calculator

Recommended Prior Learning

16 Level 1 Science credits, which include the 4 credits from the external AS 90940 Mechanics. 

It is also recommended that you have 12 Level 1 Mathematics credits, including Algebra.

Pathway

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91168 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91170 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of waves
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91171 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
6
6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91172 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91173 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism
6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 23
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 20

Disclaimer

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