In The Energy Equation students will engage with a hands-on approach to the exploration of Energy; where we source our energy needs from, the efficiency of these sources and the approaches we use to harness it for our energy needs. Each of these elements is balanced with an exploration of the drivers, benefits and potential drawbacks of these sources.

A focus on the development of critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding will be a highlight of the program as students grapple with the local, national and global implications of decisions made in the pursuit of energy.

The Energy Equation is a dynamic combination of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, History and English. The teaching program has 4 sessions of 100min each per week. Students will be expected to complete work at home to consolidate their understanding of regular course work.

The problem that drives learning in this Central Study is ‘How do we balance the Energy Equation?’
The curriculum itself is designed to be challenging, allow for student co-design of the teaching and learning process and be taught using inquiry pedagogies.

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • The historical contexts that have shaped the development of our energy sources and why we continue to explore new technologies in the production of usable energy.
  • The sustainability of our energy supplies and the potential for new sources to fuel the future.
  • How we extract energy from different sources and convert this into usable forms.
  • Why we continue to explore new technologies in the production of usable energy.
  • The varying benefits and drawbacks to the different sources of energy currently in use and those proposed for the future.
  • Text analysis techniques, evaluating language and stylistic features, around our core text “Our Friend the Atom”.
  • Rates of change, in a mathematical context, and introductory differential calculus.
  • How different types of chemical reactions are used to produce energy from different sources.
  • How energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations and modelling these using quadratics.
  • Atomic structure and its relation to the potential energy contained within atoms and molecules.
  • The Nucleus and how this had the potential to revolutionise the energy industry.
  • The historical significance of the development of nuclear power through the Cold War era and the description of nuclear processes using probability.
  • New and emerging renewable sources of energy.

This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.

The Energy Equation Central Study is offered as Year 10 or Stage 1 Scientific Studies (part of a 20 credit unit), part of Year 10/10A or Stage 1 Mathematics (10 credits) and part of Year 10 or Stage 1 English (10 credits) and part of Year 10 History.