Level 2 Physics

12PHY
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Burn

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.


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

Learning Areas:

Science


Assessment Policy & Procedures
Pathway

Level 3 Physics

Career Pathways

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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


Pathway Tags

Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Software Developer, Architectural Technician, Medical Physicist, Surveyor, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Automotive Electrician, Metal Worker, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Line Mechanic, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Mine/Quarry Manager, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Industrial Designer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Medical Radiation Technologist, Electronics Trades Worker, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Geophysicist, Lift Technician, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Engineering Machinist, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Welder, Marine Engineer, Train Driver, Ship's Master, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician


Disclaimer

this information may vary