Subject Details - Stage 1 Physics 1

SACE StageSACE Stage 1
SACE Credits10 credits
Subject Length1 semester
DescriptionThe 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 macrocosmos, 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.
Through further developing skills in gathering, analysing, and interpreting primary and secondary data to investigate a range of phenomena and technologies, students increase their understanding of physics concepts and the impact that physics has on many aspects of contemporary life.
By exploring science as a human endeavour, students develop and apply their understanding of the complex ways in which science interacts with society, and investigate the dynamic nature of physics. They explore how physicists develop new understanding and insights, and produce innovative solutions to everyday and complex problems and challenges in local, national, and global contexts.
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.

Physics is organised into six topics: linear motion and forces, electric circuits, heat, energy and momentum, waves, nuclear models and radioactivity. Through the study of these topics, students develop and extend their understanding of the interaction between matter, energy, and forces in linear motion, and electric circuits and the transfer and transformation of energy. Students study the wave model to better understand how energy can be transferred through matter and space. They examine the structure of matter, spontaneous nuclear reactions, and the ionising radiation that results from these processes
Subject OutcomesStudents will be able to apply their knowledge in problem solving, use scientific apparatus to measure quantities and test hypotheses. Students will also gain an understanding of the physical behaviour of matter, human constructed devices and the issues facing science and society. Students will have an improved understanding of the concepts of physics in the following areas: 1D and 2D motion, momentum, waves, light, energy, projectile motion, electrical circuits, and gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.
Advice To StudentsStudents who want to do Stage 2 Physics will need to also enrol in Physics 2.
Assumed KnowledgeIt is essential that students will have successfully completed Year 10 Science and Maths. This ensures that the students have the necessary background to be successful at this subject.
AssessmentAssessment consists of the following components:
•Component 1: Investigations Folio (50%)
•Component 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (50%)
Assessment may involve Tests, Practical Reports, Practical Investigations and Issue Investigations.
Additional InformationStudents will require a scientific calculator.
Only students who have completed Semester 1 satisfactorily will be considered for entry to the Semester 2 unit.