Year 12 - Physics Unit 3-4
UNIT 3 MOTION IN ONE & TWO DIMENSIONS AND ELECTRONICS/PHOTONICS
Unit 3 begin with the study of Motion. Students will investigate motion and related energy transformations experimentally, and use Newton’s Laws in one and two dimensions to analyse Motion, including motion in space.
While studying Electronics/Photonics students will investigate and explain the operation of electronic and photonic devices, and analyse their use in domestic and industrial systems.
UNIT 4 ELECTRIC POWER, LIGHT and MATTER
Unit 4 begins with the study Electric Power, where students will be required to explain the operation of electric motors, generators and the generation, transmission, distribution and use of electric power. In the study of Interactions of Light and Matter students will be able to use the wave and photon models to analyse, interpret and explain interactions of light and matter.
Students will also study a detailed topic chosen from: Einsteins Special Relativity, Materials and their use in Structures, Further Electronics, Synchrotron and its applications, Photonics or Sound.
Physics is a theoretical and empirical science, which contributes to our understanding of the physical universe from the minute building blocks of matter to the unimaginably broad expanses of the Universe. This understanding has significance for the way we understand our place in the Universe. This study is designed to enhance the scientific literacy of students in the specialised area of physics. Scientifically literate physics students demonstrate interest in and understanding of the Universe, engage
in debates about the nature of evidence, theories and models, and appreciate the value of physics in society. They can describe and use theories and models, propose and investigate hypotheses, collect data, analyse the limitations of that data, draw conclusions, make recommendations, and select and use a range of appropriate technologies and mathematical techniques. The knowledge gained through physics will enhance students’ ability to be innovative and contribute to the intelligent and careful use of resources. This knowledge can be used, for example, in industrial,
medical, engineering and technical applications. Knowledge in physics is gained through complex processes; for example, theories developed from studying the ways that matter interacts with matter, and the ways that light and matter interact, have
led to innovations in medicine, electronics, energy use, telecommunications and materials science.
On completion of these units students should be able to:
– Investigate motion and related energy transformations experimentally, and use the Newtonian model in one and two dimensions to analyse motion in the contexts of transport and related aspects of safetyand motion in space.
– Investigate, describe, compare and explain the operation of electronic and photonic devices, and analyse their use in domestic and industrial systems.
– Investigate and explain the operation of electric motors, generators and alternators, and the generation, transmission, distribution and use of electric power.
– Use wave and photon models to analyse, interpret and explain interactions of light and matter and the quantised energy levels of atoms.
Main Assessment Tasks
A practical investigation (student designed, adapted or extended)
A selection from the following:
• an annotated folio of practical activities
• a data analysis
• a multimedia or web page presentation
• a response to a media article
• a summary report of selected practical investigations including maintenance of a logbook
• a written report
• a test (short answer and extended response).
End of year Examination.
Textbook: – See the booklist for the correct title and edition
Folder and Exercise book