Year 11 Physics 2AB
Physics at Year 11 is taught at STAGE 2 with two specific aims:
- Firstly, it is intended as a general background subject comprising a body of knowledge and skills needed by any student contemplating tertiary study in scientific, medical or related courses. It introduces students to some of the most fundamental ideas underlying much of our modern technology.
- Secondly, it is a prerequisite for Year 12 Physics 3AB. This, in turn, is a subject intended for any student interested in pursuing any of the physical sciences at tertiary level including engineering and mathematics.
General concepts include data analysis, scientific method, project presentation, etc
- Motion and forces: Measurement, kinematics, equations of motion, force and Newton's Laws, energy and momentum.
- Nuclear Physics: Atomic structure, radiation and its measurement, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, applications to weapons and power.
- Electricity: The nature of charge, current, voltage, resistance and power, Ohm's Law and circuit calculations, applications of electricity
- Heating and Cooling: Basic concepts of thermodynamics, heat flow - conduction, convection & radiation, specific and latent heat, applications
3 Topic tests in each unit: 20% | Practical work and tests, at least 10 practical exercises: 20% | Individual project, report and presentation throughout the year: 15% | Mid-year and end-year examinations, combined: 45%
A brief interim report on class work and behaviour will be issued towards the end of Term 1. The achievement for each unit will be reported as a College A - E grade as well as a percentage mark for the unit and an examination mark. In addition, the student's approach to class work and behaviour will be reported via the usual key performance indicators.
Student Expectations - Homework
Many of the lessons will be presented in an interactive lecture style. As such students will be expected to take brief notes during class and then make a more detailed summary each night. There will be problem-solving segments in most lessons alongside practical work exercises. Mastery of physics requires considerable individual effort at home. A number of problems will generally be set for completion at home when practical reports or other written work is not expected. Although the homework is not policed as it might be in junior years, any difficulties are usually discussed in class the next day.