Stage 2 – Year 12

SACE credits

20

Does this subject include an exam?

Yes

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of Stage 1 Physics and Mathematics at C standard is recommended.

Course Content

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 three strands of science to be integrated throughout student learning are:

  • science inquiry skills
  • science as a human endeavour
  • science understanding

Students skills, knowledge, and understanding of these occur in context of the three topics studied:

  • Motion and Relativity
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Atoms

Learning Requirements

In this subject students are expected to:

  • apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct physics investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices
  • obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of physics investigations
  • evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of physics concepts in new and familiar contexts
  • explore and understand science as a human endeavour
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of physics concepts, using appropriate terms, conventions, and representations.

Pathways

Physics is a prerequisite or preferred knowledge for many science-based university and TAFE courses, opening up opportunities for careers as diverse as engineering, environmental science and medicine.