13PHY

13 Physics

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. John

This course builds on the knowledge and concepts learnt in Year 12 Physics.

  • To develop an understanding of concepts, principles and models in Physics.
  • To develop an ability to use concepts, principles and models to explain physical phenomena
  • To develop practical and investigative skills and attitudes to determine relationships, patterns and trends.

Content:

  • Practical Physics – Investigation leading to a non-linear mathematical relationship that includes consideration of uncertainties.
  • Modern Physics – Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Waves – Interference, Standing Waves and Doppler Effect.
  • Mechanics – Linear Motion, Rotational Motion and Simple Harmonic Motion.
  • Electricity – Capacitors and DC Electricity, Electromagnetism, AC.

Future Areas of interest and study:
Tertiary study in physics, medicine, radiography, veterinary science, sports science, engineering, architecture, electronics and other technological subjects.

** Physics also includes problem solving, so taking Mathematics especially Calculus will be most helpful.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Physics. Year 12 Mathematics (Y12 Maths Combined is desirable).

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Y13 Physics Rainbows End Trip - $50
Y13 Physics Learning Workbook - $30 (voluntary)
Graphics Calculator - $120

Description Type Value
Rainbows End Trip (if time permits) Voluntary $
Y13 Physics Learning Workbook Voluntary $30.00
Graphics Calculator Voluntary $120.00
$150.00

Assessment Information

Internal Assessments : Modern Physics ( 3 credits), Practical Investigation ( 4 credits) - if time permits.
External Assessments - Waves ( 4 credits), Mechanics ( 6 credits), Electricity ( 6 credits).

Pathway

In order to do Y13 Physics, you will need to have passed in at least two of the three external examinations at Level 2.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91521 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91523 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of wave systems
4
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91524 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
6
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91525 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91526 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems
6
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 23
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 23

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.