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Year 11 and 12 Physics

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Minimum Level of Achievement required:​

  • General Science B result​
  • English C result, and 
  • General Mathematics B result

Co-requisites

Mathematical Methods, General English​

Subject Description

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.

Weekly workload in hours

4+ hours

Structure

Unit 1
Unit 2​ Unit 3​ Unit 4
Thermal, nuclear and electrical physics
Linear motion and waves
Gravity and electromagnetism
Revolutions in modern physics

Heating processes

Linear motion and force
Gravity and motion
Special relativity

Properties and structure of materials

Waves
Electromagnetism
Quantum theory
Electrical circuits


​The Standard Model

Assessment

Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context. In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).

Assessment

​Unit 1
Unit 2​
Formative internal assessment 1 (FA1):
Data test
10%​​Formative internal assessment 3 (FA3): Research investigation​20%​
Formative internal assessment 2 (FA2):
Student experiment​
20%​
Formative internal assessment (FA3):  50%
Examination ​​​​
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​Unit 3
Unit 4​
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
Data test
10%​​Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): Research investigation​20%​
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
Student experiment​
20%​
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
Examination ​​





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Last reviewed 21 June 2021
Last updated 21 June 2021