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.
What will I learn and how will I learn?
Students will learn how physical quantities interrelate 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.
Conditions of Assessment
Submitting Internal Assessments
All work for assessment must be submitted to the teacher by the due date. Any work not submitted for assessment by the deadline will receive a ‘Not Achieved’ grade. If students are sick on the day their work is due, they must get a doctor’s certificate. (Read over Student Handbook for full assessment details). APA Referencing must be used if relevant to the task.
Resubmissions and Further Assessment Opportunities
All standards have a resubmission opportunity. Time and pace of learning will dictate whether further assessment opportunities can occur.
Term 1
Mechanics, Practical Physics
KEY DATES: Week 7: Mechanics end of topic test; Week 10: Practical Physics assessment
Term 2
Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Waves
KEY DATES: Week 5: Atomic and Nuclear Physics assessment; Week 10: Waves end of topic test
Term 3
Electricity and Electromagnetism
KEY DATES: Week 8 : Electricity and Electromagnetism end of topic test; Week 9/10: Derived grade examinations
Term 4
Revision for external, and further assessment opportunities
KEY DATES: Week 1: ; Week 4: Further assessment opportunities; Week 5: NCEA examinations
A knowledge of Physics is relevant to numerous industries including: all kinds of engineering, trades and the medical industry.
Recommended Prior LearningStudent should have earned Merit grades on average in Level 1 Mathematics as Calculus is a preferred partnersubject.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Assessment  Level 
Internal or External 
Credits 
L1 Literacy Credits  UE Literacy Credits  Numeracy Credits 

A.S. 91168 v2
Physics 2.1  Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a nonlinear mathematical relationship
Assessments: Term: , Week: 
2 
I 
4 
Y 
Y 

A.S. 91171 v2
Physics 2.4  Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
Assessments: Term: , Week: Term: , Week: 
2 
E 
6 
Y 
Y 

A.S. 91172 v2
Physics 2.5  Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
Assessments: Term: , Week: 
2 
I 
3 
Y 

A.S. 91173 v2
Physics 2.6  Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism
Assessments: Term: , Week: Term: , Week: 
2 
E 
6 
Y 
Y 

Total Credits 
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.
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