Year 11 Science - Physics

Course Description

This physics course covers the fundamentals of mechanics and electricity, two major parts of our NCEA Level 2 physics course. The study of motion, forces and energy (mechanics) helps students explain the movement of everyday objects and form predictions about their world. An understanding of static and direct current (DC) electricity helps students see the sparks in everyday life and the circuits found in their homes and favourite gadgets. Through experimentation and investigation, students will delve deeper into the mathematical descriptions physics offers and present their understanding in a variety of ways. Students will also demonstrate their understanding of mechanics and electricity through exam-style assessments aimed to prepare them for future physics courses. This course also includes an introduction to waves, which is explored further in our NCEA Level 3 physics course.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Experimental investigation and analysis
  • The motion of everyday objects and the forces that affect them (Classical mechanics):
  • Motion

  • Forces

  • Energy

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • The movement of electrical charge and the transfer of electrical energy (electricity):
  • Static electricity

  • Direct current (DC) electricity

  • Mathematical reasoning and algebraic thinking
  • The transfer of energy by waves through physical substances and the vacuum of space:
  • Mechanical waves

  • Electromagnetic waves

  • Physics exam technique
  • The physics of technological applications and naturally occuring phenomena

Resources Required

Exercise book (1B8 or 1E8 or similar)
Scientific calculator (Casio FX82 or similar)