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Physics

What will I be doing in this course?

Both Preliminary and HSC courses in Physics investigates natural phenomena, identifies patterns and applies models, principles and laws to explain their behaviour.

Preliminary course

The Preliminary course develops a knowledge of waves, motion, forces, fields, electricity and magnetism by focusing on increasing students' understanding of current communication technologies, the use of electricity in the home, interaction involving vehicles (such as car crashes) and the mechanisms that maintain the physical conditions of planet Earth.

The World Communicates
Electrical Energy in the Home
Moving About
The Cosmic Engine

HSC course

The HSC course builds on the concepts of the Preliminary course by expanding on areas such as relativity, the motor effect and solid state physics, and by focusing on space flight, motors and generators and the scientific advances involved in the development of semi-conductors and electronics. The options cover a variety of interest areas and draw on the increased information and understanding provided by improved technology to examine areas of current research.

Space
Motors and Generators
From Ideas to Implementation
One option topic from: Geophysics, Medical Physics, Astrophysics, From Quanta to Quarks, The Age of Silicon

How will this course help me in the future?

This course is designed for those who are interested in careers such as Applied Science, Astronomy, Nuclear Physics, Telecommunications, Engineering. It will have advanced standing for some TAFE courses .

Those students wishing to pursue the study of Physics and allied fields at tertiary level will have gained an excellent background.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the Preliminary course will consist of a mix of formal examination, knowledge tests and written reports. The HSC course has a final external examination with reports and knowledge tests accounting for the internal assessment component.