Level 2 Physics
Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh
Physics is the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. The topics are: mechanics, atoms and radioactivity, practical physics, waves, electricity and electromagnetism.
Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?)
Students will learn how physical quantities inter-relate and how real situations can be modelled using mathematics. They will also learn how these physical principles are applied in the world, in industry, everyday life and technology. Students will cover four broad domains of knowledge relating to Physics, make calculations and apply knowledge to solve Physics problems. Top students may be offered a scholarship programme, working at Level 4.
Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Trades - mechanical engineering, electrical apprenticeship.
Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list.
NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year.
Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
This course leads to Level 3 Physics
Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
This is a pure science course.
Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
Teachers make links to the real world with most concepts they introduce to help with understanding and connectedness of ideas.
Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, applied mathematics and statistics, scientific writing and scientific investigation and laboratory work.
Mechanics, Practical Physics
KEY DATES: Week 7: Mechanics end of topic test; Week 10: Practical Physics assessment
Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Waves
KEY DATES: Week 5: Atomic and Nuclear Physics assessment; Week 10: Waves end of topic test
Electricity and Electromagnetism
KEY DATES: Week 8 : Electricity and Electromagnetism end of topic test; Week 9/10: Derived grade examinations
Revision for external, and further assessment opportunities
KEY DATES: Week 1: ; Week 4: Further assessment opportunities; Week 5: NCEA examinations
Purchasing the ESA Learning Workbook is essential for success. It will cover the topics in more detail than we are able to in class time.
Recommended Prior Learning
Student should have earned Merit grades on average in Level 1 Mathematics as Calculus is a preferred partner-subject.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.
Term: 1, Week: 10
Term: 1, Week: 7
Term: 4, Week: 5
Term: 2, Week: 5
Term: 2, Week: 8
Term: 4, Week: 5