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 models, laws, and theories in physics are based on evidence obtained from observations, measurements, and active experimentation over thousands of years. In Physics, students integrate and apply a range of understanding, inquiry, and scientific thinking skills that encourage and inspire them to contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges. Students also pursue scientific pathways, for example, in engineering, renewable energy generation, communications, materials innovation, transport and vehicle safety, medical science, scientific research, and the exploration of the universe.
Recommended background: IBMYP level 5 or higher in the Year 10 Science physical science units.
The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 Physics:
Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.
Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
Four assessment pieces are completed in each semester of Stage 1 Physics.
Stage 1 Physics is assessed using two criteria:
Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation
Knowledge and Understanding
Successful completion of this subject leads to: Stage 2 Physics
Students who intend to study Physics at Stage 2: must complete 20 credits of Stage 1 Physics. Students should investigate whether tertiary study requires Stage 2 Physics as a prerequisite or assumed knowledge.
CARE • COMMITMENT • CO-OPERATION • RESPECT