PHY2A

NCEA L2 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao A

Course Description

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:

  • Forces 
  • Projectile motion 
  • Linear motion
  • Momentum
  • Conservation of energy
  • Torque

All students experience using experimental data to explore and analyze the relationship between physical properties in the universe. Like the conservation of momentum!

By the end of the course, you will know about the principles of

  • Kinematic equations
  • Energy conservation
  • Momentum conservation
  • Vectors
  • Projectile motion
  • Torque and equilibrium

If you are interested in trying to understand the physical world through experiment then this is your subject.

Course Overview

Semester A
Revision of Mathematics
Mechanics
Motion including Kinematic Equations
Vectors
Forces
Newtons Laws
Centripetal Acceleration
Equilibrium
Hooke's Law
Torques
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 Information

Nuclear 3 Credits Internal
Practical Investigation 4 Credits Internal
Mechanics 6 Credits External
Electricity 6 Credits External

Pathway

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91168 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91169 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

3
3
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91170 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of waves

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91171 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

6
6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91173 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 23
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 20