13 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. John

Recommended Prior Learning

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

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.


  • 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.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures
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

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 Tags

radiography, electronics, veterinary science, medicine, sports science, engineering, architecture

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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.