NCEA L2 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao A
Teacher in Charge: Dr M. Harvey
The study of nature and the properties of matter and energy, level 2 Physics explores the theories and principles involved in the physical world, in all its glory. We try to understand how the universe behaves so we can make predictions about our world.
Topics you will learn about include:
The forces involved in the physical world. such as gravity and tension. Projectile motion involved in everything from the movement of rockets to rugby balls. Linear motion of vehicles and objects moving in a straight line, like you running towards your physics lesson. Momentum and its applications like collisions and explosions. Conservation of energy between the two major forms of energy, stored energy and the energy of movement and torque or balancing forces on a beam or on bridges.
All students experience using experimental data to explore and analyze the relationship between physical properties in the universe. Like the conservation of momentum like the skateboarder below.
By the end of the course, you will know about the principles of
Using equations to calculate how fast you are are going, how far your are travelling and how your speed is changing. Energy conservation between different forms of energy like electricity and sound. Momentum conservation when objects collide or explode. Vectors calculations used for sailing or rocketry. Projectile motion to predict how rockets move or objects fall and balancing forces like weight and tension on a bridge with torque and equilibrium.
If you are interested in trying to understand the physical world through experiment then this is your subject.
Revision of Mathematics
Motion including Kinematic Equations
Energy and Momentum
Practical Investigation into a non-linear relationship
Recommended Prior Learning
To study physics you need a good understanding of mechanics, electricity and mathematics. It , in particular algebra. It would be a good idea to have achieved 14 credits in science, although if you are willing to work hard and study you may still be able to join the course.
If you have any questions, Dr. Harvey is the point of contact.
Assessment InformationNuclear 3 Credits Internal
Practical Investigation 4 Credits Internal
Mechanics 6 Credits External
Electricity 6 Credits External
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.