Physics

Why Study Physics?

The development of understanding of physical phenomena occurs in physics by means of methods of inquiry that have been refined over the past three hundred years. A culture of physics has emerged that values methods of precise measurement, reproducible experimentation and powerful mathematical relationships. Today, these methods continue to contribute to the development and provision of new information, ideas and theories to explain observations and experiences.

As a result, physics has become one of the most deeply conceptualised of the sciences, founded on physical concepts that have been developed into predictive theories expressed in mathematics.

The knowledge and concepts of physics are a set of explanations shared by the physics community that viably accounts for an extensive range of phenomena. At times these explanations conflict with everyday understandings, but they are distinguished by their utility in explaining observed physical phenomena and, most importantly, they predict new phenomena as yet unobserved. The explanations remain tentative and open to modification in the light of new evidence.

Thus, two clear reasons emerge for the study of Physics at senior level. First, it is the study of the universe and how it works, and second, its applications have produced and continue to produce benefits to our society. Participating in a course of study derived from the Physics syllabus will immerse students in both the practical and the contextual aspects of the discipline. It will facilitate the growth of student awareness of the construction of physical understandings from personal, social and global perspectives. A course developed from this syllabus embraces the intrinsic “hands on” nature of the subject and provides students with opportunities to develop the key competencies in contexts that arise naturally from the subject matter.

Studying Physics provides students with a suite of skills and understandings that are valuable to a wide range of further study pathways and careers. It will enable students to become citizens who are better informed about the world around them and who have the critical skills to evaluate and make evidence-based decisions about current scientific issues. The subject will also provide a foundation in physics knowledge, understanding and skills for those students who wish to pursue tertiary study in science, engineering, medicine and technology.

Possible Career Options

  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Optometrist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Radiographer
  • Geophysicist
  • Mathematician
  • Flight Management Analyst

Course Overview

Year 10

Year 11 & 12 (Rotation A)

Year 11 & 12 (Rotation B)

  • Mechanics
  • Cars & Speed
  • Going into Space
  • Visiting the Reef
  • Movie Magic
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Medical Physics
  • Waves & Optics
  • Cars, Speed & Safety
  • Amusement Park Physics
  • Thermodynamics
Prerequisites for Continuing Study in Year 11 & 12
  • At least a C in Year 12 English
  • At least a C in Year 10 Physics
  • At least a C in Year 10 Mathematics B
  • It is highly recommended that students also study Mathematics B concurrently in Year 11 & 12