The study of physics offers opportunities for students to understand and appreciate the physical world. This subject requires the investigation and interpretation of phenomena of physics through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei.
The study of Physics is constructed around using qualitative and quantitative models, laws, and theories to better understand matter, forces, energy, and the interaction among them. Physics seeks to explain natural phenomena, from the subatomic world to the macro cosmos, and to make predictions about them. The models, laws, and theories in physics are based on evidence obtained from observations, measurements, and active experimentation over thousands of years.
Physics consists of the following three topics. Each is considered through the perspectives of understanding, inquiry skills, and science as a human endeavour.
- Motion and relativity
- Electricity and magnetism
- Light and atoms
Students will develop significant skills in problem-solving, critical questioning, scientific writing, experimental design, and methodologies and processes used in a practical laboratory setting. Physics can support students to pursue scientific pathways, for example, in engineering, renewable energy generation, communications, materials innovation, transport and vehicle safety, medical science, scientific research, and the exploration of the universe.
Physics is a 20-credit subject in Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. The assessment has three components:
- Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)
- Investigation Tasks (30%)
- External Exam (30%)
Students provide evidence of their assessment through 4 Skills and Applications Tasks, 2 practical reports, 1 Science as a Human Endeavour Task, and the exam.
The school provides a laboratory setting and a range of equipment to facilitate learning and complete assessments. Students are required to have access to a computer to support engagement with learning activities and online resources. A laptop is desirable but school desktop computers are available in the learning spaces. Students also have access to a textbook throughout the year to support their learning.