Year 12 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Scourfield

If you like knowing how things work, you probably like Physics. 

Physics is the study of phenomena that govern the whole universe! You'll learn how things move and why they do, what energy is, as well as learn about electromagnets and radioactive substances. 

Physics is an important science for those who are interested in working in technology, engineering, construction/architecture, mechanical/electrical, or medical fields. 

You will learn how to:

  • Explain physical concepts
  • Use information to calculate physical quantities
  • Measure and collect data accurately with minimal error
  • Problem solve
  • Apply Physics concepts to real life situations

Standards assessed:

2 internal standards: Practical investigation and Atomic/Nuclear physics. 

2 external standards: Mechanics (motion, forces, energy) and Electricity/Electromagnetism. 


Year 13 Physics

Students who take Year 12 Physics may continue their learning in Year 13 Physics the following year if they wish.

Contributions and Equipment

1 x 1B8 (for practical investigation)
1 Scientific Calculator or Graphic Calculator
1 Refill Pad or x 1 Exercise Book (personal preference)
Workbook - (Optional) available from Officemax

Recommended Prior Learning

It is strongly recommended that students have prior knowledge in Physics. A good understanding of trigonometry, algebra, and fractions is also beneficial. 

Year 11 courses that are advantageous to take prior to this course are 11SCICF (Crashes and Flashes) and 11SCIRS (Rocket Science)

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
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 non-linear mathematical relationship
A.S. 91171 v2 Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
A.S. 91172 v2 Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
A.S. 91173 v2 Physics 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism
Total Credits

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

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